Peter Alken, MD
Professor of Urology
Department of Urology, Universitätsklinik Mannheim
Ruprecht- Karls-Universität Heidelberg
68135 Mannheim, Germany

Yazici O. et al., 2019: Effect of JJ stent on outcomes of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy treatment of moderate sized renal pelvic stones: A randomized prospective study

Yazici O, Kafkasli A, Erbin A, Bilal Hamarat M, Cubuk A, Sarilar O, Sarica K.
Department of Urology, Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Estambul, Turquía. Department of Urology, Kucukyali Delta Hospital, Estambul, Turquía. Department of Urology, Konya Training and Research Hospital, Iconio, Turquía.

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Nazarov TK. et al., 2019: [Role of biomarkers of acute kidney damage during lithotripsy of high-density stones] (original article only in Russian)

Nazarov TK, Komyakov BK, Rychkov IV, Trubnikova KE, Tursunov AI.
FGBOU VO North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Sugiyama M. et al., 2019: Repeated spontaneous migration of ureteral stent in hemiplegia patient during ureteral stone treatment

Sugiyama M, Fujimura M, Nakamori H, Nishikawa R, Sakamoto S, Sekita N, Suzuki H, Mikami K, Ichikawa T.
Department of Urology, Chibaken Saiseikai Narashino Hospital
Department of Urology, Chiba University, 1-8-1, Inohana, Japan
Department of Urology, Funabashi Central Hospital, Japan.
Department of Urology, Toho University Medical Center Sakura Hospital, Japan.

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Khanna A. et al., 2019: Ureteral Stent Placement during Shockwave Lithotripsy: Characterizing Guideline Discordant Practice

Khanna A, Monga M, Sun D, Gao T, Schold J, Abouassaly R. Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.
Quantitative Health Science, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

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Guidelines published in 1997 (1), 2007 (2) and 2016 (3) discouraged the use of stents together with ESWL because of lack of outcom... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:30
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Özsoy M. et al., 2019: Sex differences in the therapy of kidney and ureteral stones

Özsoy M, Somani B, Seitz C, Veser J, Kallidonis P.
Department of Urology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna General Hospital.
Urology and Andrology, Karl Landsteiner Society, Vienna, Austria.
University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.
University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.
Department of Urology, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

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This is an interesting collection of references on male/female differences but also an easy mixture of casual and causal relations... Read More
Friday, 23 August 2019 08:34
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Scotland K. et al., 2019: Total Surface Area Influences Stone Free Outcomes in Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy for Distal Ureteral Calculi

Scotland K, Safaee Ardekani G, Chan J, Paterson R, Chew BH.

Department of Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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It is nice to read that ESWL is regarded and proved to be an excellent and unjustly forgotten treatment modality. The abstract som... Read More
Monday, 19 August 2019 08:26
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Kaydu A. et al., 2019: Frequency of anxiety and depression in patients of urtolithiasis undergoing Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy in Diyarbakir, Turkey

Kaydu A, Gokcek E.
Department of Anesthesiology, Diyarbakir State Hospital, Diyarbakir, Turkey.

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The first sentence is another typical confusion of causal and casual relations: “Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) can ... Read More
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:20
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Ichiyanagi O. et al., 2019: Reinforcement of the Triple D score with simple addition of the intrarenal location for the prediction of the stone-free rate after shockwave lithotripsy for renal stones 10-20 mm in diameter

Ichiyanagi O, Fukuhara H, Kurokawa M, Izumi T, Suzuki H, Naito S, Nishida H, Kato T, Tsuchiya N.
Department of Urology, Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine, 2-2-2 Iida-nishi, Yamagata, 998-9585, Japan. Department of Urology, Yamagata Prefectural Kahoku Hospital, 111 Aza-Gassando, Yachi, Kahoku, 999-3511, Department of Urology, Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine, 2-2-2 Iida-nishi, Yamagata, 998-9585, Japan.
Department of Urology, Nihonkai General Hospital, 30 Akiho-cho, Sakata, 998-8501, Japan.
Department of Urology, South Miyagi Medical Center, 38-1 Aza-nishi, Ogawara, Miyagi, 989-1253, Japan.
Department of Urology, Yamagata City Hospital Saiseikan, 1-3-26 Nanoka-mahi, Yamagata, 990-8533, Japan.

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The Triple D score - composed of SSD, stone density, and stone volume - was introduced in 2015 (1) and was revalidated and conf... Read More
Friday, 09 August 2019 09:12
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Kirshenbaum EJ. et al., 2019: Socioeconomic Disparities in the Acute Management of Stone Disease in the United States

Kirshenbaum EJ, Doshi C, Dornbier R, Blackwell RH, Bajic P, Gupta GN, Gorbonos A, Turk TMT, Flanigan RC, Baldea KG
Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Urology, Maywood, Illinois.
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Urology, Springfield, Illinois

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Papers from the USA on health policy and systems research have the unique advantage to get access to the data of very large number... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2019 09:04
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Chung KJ. et al., 2019: Changing Trends in the Treatment of Nephrolithiasis in the Real World

Chung KJ, Kim JH, Min GE, Park HK, Li S, Del Giudice F, Han DH, Chung BI.
Department of Urology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California.
Department of Urology, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University School of Medicine, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Department of Urology, Sapienza Rome University, Policlinico Umberto I, Rome, Italy. Department of Urology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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8 Urologists from Korea, Italy and the USA contributed to this paper and the way they discuss the different procedures and circums... Read More
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:55
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Hassanpour N. et al., 2019: Study on Radiation Dose Received by Patients during Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Hassanpour N, Panahi F, Naserpour F, Karami V, Fatahi Asl J, Gholami M. A
Student Research Committee, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran.
Department of Radiology Technology, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
Department of Medical Physics, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran.

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The oblique position may be chosen in case obese patients have to be treated with a short focal depth machine. I remember the revi... Read More
Friday, 26 July 2019 08:49
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Sokolakis I. et al., 2019: Clinical studies on low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Sokolakis I, Hatzichristodoulou G.
Department of Urology and Paediatric Urology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.

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A positive aspect of this meta-analysis is the detailed analysis of the drawbacks of previous meta-analyses; this is a prerequisit... Read More
Monday, 22 July 2019 08:37
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Liu T. et al., 2019: Cellular signaling pathways modulated by low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy

Liu T, Shindel AW, Lin G, Lue TF.
Knuppe Molecular Urology Laboratory, Department of Urology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 94143, USA.
Department of Urology, Beijing Shijitan Hospital, Capital Medical University, 100038, Beijing, China.

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This is an extensive overview on the action of shock waves on soft tissue. Treatment of ED is just one aspect and basic research i... Read More
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 08:29
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Nomikos M. et al., 2019: Retroperitoneal Abscess Formation Extending to the Lumbar Area After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Nomikos M, Tsalavoutas A, Kalpaxi A, Athanasopoulos G.
Department of Urology, Thriassion General Hospital, Athens, Greece.
Department of Radiology, Thriassion General Hospital, Athens, Greece.

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What could have been done different? A look at the CT-images at admission and 4 days later showed that the 7 Fr. Double-J stent di... Read More
Friday, 12 July 2019 09:14
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González-Pombo M et al., 2019: M, Márquez-Rivas J. Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy Procedure in Children With Intrathecal Baclofen Pump

González-Pombo M, Márquez-Rivas J.
Neurosurgery Service, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, Sevilla, Spain.
Neuroscience Applied Group, Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain.

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3 similar published cases of stone treatment in patients with intrathecal drug delivery devices are collected by the authors. Medt... Read More
Friday, 12 July 2019 08:07
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Assaf E. et al., 2019: Perinephric Hematoma with Active Arterial Hemorrhage following Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy

Assaf E, Abou Zahr R, Ghabi E, Ghantous I.
Urology Department, St George Hospital University Medical Center, University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon.
Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences, St George Hospital University Medical Center, University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon.

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Hevia M. et al., 2019: [Design and validation of a satisfaction questionnaire in patients with urolithiasis treated by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).] (Original Article only in Spanish)

Hevia M, Robles JE, Chiva S, Doménech P, García Á, Ancizu FJ, Velis JM, Díez-Caballero F, Rosell D, Guillén F, Pascual JI.
Departamento de Urología. Clínica Universidad de Navarra. Pamplona. España.
Unidad de Medicina Preventiva. Clínica Universidad de Navarra. Pamplona.

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Sokolakis I. et al., 2019: The Basic Science Behind Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Scoping Review of Pre-Clinical Studies

Sokolakis I, Dimitriadis F, Teo P, Hatzichristodoulou G, Hatzichristou D, Giuliano F.
Department of Urology and Paediatric Urology, Julius Maximilian University Medical Centre of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany; Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece;  Department of Urology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. Department of Global Clinical Research, Dornier MedTech Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore. Poincare Hospital AP-HP, Garches, UMR1179 Inserm-UVSQ-Paris Saclay University, Paris, France.

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The first quarter of 2019 offers at least 7 publication on LI-ESWT (1-7) The LI-ESWT community seems to stand up like one man to ... Read More
Monday, 24 June 2019 08:31
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Patel P. et al., 2019: Should Low-intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Be the First-line Erectile Dysfunction Treatment for Nonresponders to Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibition?

Patel P, Fode M, Lue T, Ramasamy R.
Department of Urology, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA.
Department of Urology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, Herlev, Denmark.
Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.

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The first quarter of 2019 offers at least 7 publication on LI-ESWT (1-7) The LI-ESWT community seems to stand up like one man to ... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2019 08:21
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Choudhary A. et al., 2019: A novel triple oral regime provides effective analgesia during extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy for renal stones

Choudhary A, Basu S, Sharma R, Gupta R, Das RK, Dey RK.
Department of Urology, R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Department of Urology, Apex Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

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“Fragmentation was classified into complete ( 4-mm fragments), partial (4-mm fragments), and no fragmentation.” “Success was defin... Read More
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:00
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Shirvani M. et al., 2019: Unilateral endogenous Candida endophthalmitis after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for a renal stone in an immunocompetent woman: a case report

Shirvani M, Hosseini S, Maalhagh M, Afarid M, Mirza-Khanlooi A, Mohaghegh S.
Poostchi Ophthalmology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

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This is an extremely rare complication. Of five cases reported in the literature in 2006, 2015 and 3 in 2017, 4 had a proven funga... Read More
Thursday, 13 June 2019 08:54
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Alathel AH. et al., 2019: The New/Novel Oral Anticoagulants and Their Impact on Patients Being Considered for Shock Wave Lithotripsy: The Findings of an International Survey of the Endourological Society

Alathel AH, Nott L, Bjazevic J, Chew BH, Pace KT, Razvi H.
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Western University, London, Canada.
Department of Urological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

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“Unfortunately, the literature related to SWL and the risks of bleeding associated with antiplatelet/anticoagulants in general has... Read More
Thursday, 06 June 2019 08:47
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Alken P. et al., 2019: [Looking back on 50 years of stone treatment] (Original Article only in German)

Alken P., Knoll T.
Klinikum Sindelfingen-Böblingen, Urologische Klinik Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen.
Universitätsmedizin Mannheim, Klinik für Urologie, Mannheim.

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Liu R. et al., 2019: Quantitative factors of unenhanced CT for predicting fragmenting efficacy of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy on pancreatic duct stones

Liu R, Su W, Wang J, Gong J, Lu J.
Department of Radiology,Department of Nuclear Medicine, Changhai Hospital Affiliated to the Second Military Medical University, Changhai Road 168, Yangpu District, Shanghai, 200433 PR China.

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The ease with which Gastroenterologists treat pancreatic duct stones with several ESWL sessions always impressed me. At the same ... Read More
Friday, 31 May 2019 08:30
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Li X et al., 2018: Outcomes of long-term follow-up of asymptomatic renal stones and prediction of stone-related events

Li X, Zhu W, Lam W, Yue Y, Duan H, Zeng G.
Department of Urology and Guangdong Key Laboratory of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China. Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China. Department of Urology, Longgang Central Hospital, Shenzhen, China.

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Turan T et al., 2018: Can intervals in extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy sessions affect success in the treatment of upper ureteral stones?

Turan T, Efioglu O, Danacioglu YO, Sendogan F, Culpan M, Gunaydin B, Atis RG, Caskurlu T, Yildirim A.
Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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An often desired answer to a neglected question is given in this small study. All patients had received a 2-week conservative trea... Read More
Monday, 27 May 2019 08:37
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Hao L et al., 2018: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is safe and effective for geriatric patients with chronic pancreatitis

Hao L, Liu Y, Wang T, Guo HL, Wang D, Bi YW, Xin L, He L, Lin JH, Zhang D, Zeng XP, Zou WB, Chen H, Xie T, Li BR, Cong ZJ, Wang LS, Liao Z, Xu ZL, Li ZS, Hu LH.
Department of Gastroenterology, Hainan Branch of Chinese PLA General Hospital, Sanya, China.  Gongli Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China. Digestive Endoscopy Center, Changhai Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China. Department of Gastroenterology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, Nanjing, China. Air Force General Hospital, Beijing, China. Department of General Surgery, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.Department of Gastroenterology, The Second Clinical Medical College (Shenzhen People's Hospital), Jinan University, Shenzhen, China.

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The long term outcome is evaluated in a matched pair analysis of 72 geriatric group patients with 72 of 1322 patients from the con... Read More
Friday, 24 May 2019 08:30
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Xun Y et al., 2018: Single extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy for proximal ureter stones: Can CT texture analysis technique help predict the therapeutic effect?

Xun Y, Li J, Geng Y, Liu Z, Yu X, Wang X, Xiao F, Li Z, Li C, Wang S.
Department of Urology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1095 Jiefang Avenue, Wuhan, Hubei, 430030, China.

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CT texture analysis has been most frequently applied to image processing of malignant tumors. There are also a few publications de... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2019 08:15
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Yamashita S, et al., 2018: Three-dimensional mean stone density measurement is superior for predicting extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy success

Yamashita S, Kohjimoto Y, Iwahashi Y, Iguchi T, Iba A, Nishizawa S, Hara I.
Department of Urology, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan.

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On first glance it makes more sense to measure the mean density (MSD) of a whole stone to determine the stone’s susceptibility to ... Read More
Friday, 17 May 2019 08:15
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Haraldsson S et al., 2018: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for pancreatic duct stones: an observational study

Haraldsson S, Roug S, Nøjgaard C, Novovic S, Gluud LL, Feldager E, Schmidt PN.
Department of Gastroenterology, Landspitali - University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland. Abdominal Center K, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. Department of Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Hvidovre, Denmark.

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The results remember me of the fact that ESWL frequently improved the pain situation of patients with medullary sponge kidneys des... Read More
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 08:40
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Islamoglu E et al., 2018: Does extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy-related pain get affected by menstrual cycle and menopause?

Islamoglu E, Tas S, Karamik K, Yalcinkaya S, Tokgoz H, Savas M
University of Health Sciences, Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.

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This is a well done gender study on female pain perception during ESWL written by five males. “… as far as we know our study is t... Read More
Monday, 13 May 2019 08:31
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Bianchi G. et al., 2018: Comparison of an electromagnetic and an electrohydraulic lithotripter: Efficacy, pain and complications

Bianchi G, Marega D, Knez R, Bucci S, Trombetta C.
Department of Urology, University of Trieste, Cattinara Hospital, Trieste.

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Sometimes better results are achieved with new machine and sometimes with thorough instructions in the proper use of machines. I r... Read More
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Liu Y et al., 2018: Large mesenteric hematoma after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for pancreatic stones: A case report

Department of Gastroenterology, Gongli Hospital.Changhai Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai.
Hainan Branch of Chinese PLA General Hospital, Sanya.
Digestive Endoscopy Center, Changhai Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai.
Department of Gastroenterology, The Second Clinical Medical College (Shenzhen People's Hospital), Jinan University, Guangdong, China

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Tao RZ et al., 2018: External physical vibration lithecbole facilitating the expulsion of upper ureteric stones 1.0-2.0 cm after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: a prospective randomized trial

Tang QL, Zhou S, Jia CP, Lv JL.

Department of Urology, The Affiliated Jiangning Hospital with Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, 211100, Jiangsu, China.

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This is the 4th publication on the the EPVL (Friend I) (1-3). The device consists of two essential pieces: a mechanical oscillator... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 10:43
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Reynolds LF et al., 2018: Indications and contraindications for shock wave lithotripsy and how to improve outcomes

Kroczak T, Pace KT.
Division of Urology, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada.

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This general review offers 101 references to readers with no or limited knowledge of ESWL.
Thursday, 02 May 2019 08:30
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Watson RR et al., 2018: Biliary and pancreatic lithotripsy devices

ASGE Technology Committee, Watson RR, Parsi MA, Aslanian HR, Goodman AJ, Lichtenstein DR, Melson J, Navaneethan U, Pannala R, Sethi A, Sullivan SA, Thosani NC, Trikudanathan G, Trindade AJ, Maple JT.
Biliary and pancreatic lithotripsy devices.

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This overview on all lithotripsy techniques to treat biliary and pancreatic stones includes a few basic general comments on ESWL.... Read More
Monday, 29 April 2019 10:00
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Reesink DJ et al., 2018: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy under intravenous sedation for treatment of urolithiasis

Reesink DJ, Scheltema JMW, Barendrecht MM, Boeken Kruger AE, Jansonius A, Wiltink J, van der Windt F.

a Urology Department , Tergooi Hospital Hilversum/Blaricum , Blaricum , The Netherlands.

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We have reviewed more than 1000 publication on EWSL and I have read a lot of other publications on different urological topics. Th... Read More
Thursday, 25 April 2019 08:40
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Woźniak P et al., 2018: The lipid peroxidation in patients with nephrolithiasis before and after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

Woźniak P, Kontek B, Różański W, Olas B.
2nd Department of Urology, Medical University of Łódź, Pabianicka 62, 93-513 Łódź, Poland.
Department of General Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology & Environmental Protection, University of Łódź, Pomorska 141/3, 90-236 Łódź, Poland.

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The core information concerning the effect of ESWL on the parameters evaluated is: no change after ESWL. The stone patients were... Read More
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:32
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Leapman MS et al, 2018: Variation in National Opioid Prescribing Patterns Following Surgery for Kidney Stones.

Leapman MS, DeRycke E, Skanderson M, Becker WC, Makarov DV, Gross CP, Driscoll M, Motamedinia P, Bathulapalli H, Mattocks K, Brandt CA, Haskell S, Bastian LA.
Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut.
Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York.
VA New York, NY Harbor Healthcare System.

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The most devastating pain in urology is colicky pain. But even in this acute situation opioids are rarely given in Europe: The 20... Read More
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 15:29
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Zewin TS et al, 2018: Efficacy and safety of low-intensity shock wave therapy in penile rehabilitation post nerve-sparing radical cystoprostatectomy: a randomized controlled trial.

Zewin TS, El-Assmy A, Harraz AM, Bazeed M, Shokeir AA, Sheir K, Mosbah A.
Urology Department, Urology & Nephrology Center, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.

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To the best of our knowledge, this is the first randomized controlled study that evaluated the use of LI-ESWT as a penile rehabili... Read More
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All patients suffered from postoperative ED. In the Li-ESWT group patients received 12 sessions of penile within 9 weeks while the... Read More
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Fan J et al, 2018: The role of super-mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy (SMP) in the treatment of symptomatic lower pole renal stones (LPSs) after the failure of shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) or retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS).

Fan J, Zhang T, Zhu W, Gurioli A, Ketegwe IR, Zeng G.
Department of Urology, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Urology, No. 1-3, Kangda Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510230, China.
Department of Urology, Turin University of Studies, Turin, Italy.

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This publication comes from a department with extensive experience in super-mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy (SMP). “All the proc... Read More
Friday, 04 January 2019 15:22
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Veld JV et al, 2018: A systematic review of advanced endoscopy-assisted lithotripsy for retained biliary tract stones: laser, electrohydraulic or extracorporeal shock wave.

Veld JV, van Huijgevoort NCM, Boermeester MA, Besselink MG, van Delden OM, Fockens P, van Hooft JE.
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Surgery, Department of Interventional Radiology, Amsterdam Gastroenterology and Metabolism, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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The trend described is similar to that for the treatment of pancreatic duct stones. It is surprising to see that electrohydraulic... Read More
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 15:19
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Fankhauser CD et al, 2018: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy versus flexible ureterorenoscopy in the treatment of untreated renal calculi.

Fankhauser CD, Hermanns T, Lieger L, Diethelm O, Umbehr M, Luginbühl T, Sulser T, Müntener M, Poyet C.
Department of Urology, University Hospital, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Department of Urology, City Hospital Triemli of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Department of Urology, Spital Uster, Uster, Switzerland.

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This is a good retrospective study which has the added value of a propensity score-matched analysis of a large case number and thu... Read More
Monday, 31 December 2018 15:15
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Gadzhiev N et al, 2018: Novel Approach for Endoscopic Management of Duodenal Injury during Perirenal Infected Haematoma Drainage after Shock-Wave Lithotripsy.

Gadzhiev N, Gorelov D, Smirnov A, Al-Shukri S, Petrov S.
Department of Urology, Department of Endoscopy, Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Department of Urology, The Nikiforov Russian Center of Emergency and Radiation Medicine, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

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The duodenal lesion happened not as a consequence of ESWL but during the percutaneous puncture and drainage of the hematoma.... Read More
Thursday, 27 December 2018 15:11
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Choo MS et al, 2018: A Prediction Model using Machine Learning Algorithm for Assessing Stone-Free Status after Single-Session Shockwave Lithotripsy to Treat Ureteral Stones.

Choo MS, Uhmn S, Kim JK, Han JH, Kim DH, Kim J, Lee SH.
Department of Urology, Hallym University Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital, Hwaseong-si, Geonggi-do, Republic of Korea; Department of Computer Engineering, Hallym University (SU, DHK, JK), Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea.

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This paper is worth reading because it is a new promise to predict the future. “Stone length as well as stone width and height me... Read More
Friday, 21 December 2018 15:07
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Proietti S et al, 2018: Italian endourological panorama: results from a national survey.

Proietti S, Somani BK, Pietropaolo A, Saitta G, Rodríguez-Socarrás ME, Rosso M, Bellinzoni P, Gaboardi F, Giusti G.
Urology Department, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Ville Turro Division, Milan, Italy.
Department of Urology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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An interesting article because of the data and moreover because of the discussion which touches many aspects of the urological pro... Read More
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:59
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Wang YB et al, 2018: Efficacies of Various Surgical Regimens in the Treatment of Renal Calculi Patients: a Network Meta-Analysis in 25 Enrolled Controlled Clinical Trials.

Wang YB, Cui YX, Song JN, Yang Q, Wang G.
Department of Urology, Third Operating Room, First Operating Room, Second Operating Room, the First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.

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Another Network Meta-Analysis. A simple rule to avoid wasting time is: do not read meta-analyses which do not state in the introdu... Read More
Monday, 17 December 2018 14:56
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Zang ZJ et al, 2018: The impact of low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy on testicular function in adult rats.

Zang ZJ, Liu Q, Hu J, Feng J, Zhu YQ, Ma G, Jiang MH.
Department of Infertility and Sexual Medicine, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
Cell-gene Therapy Translational Medicine Research Center, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, Guangzhou, China.

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Do patients have to be informed about possible testicular damage while being treated with Li-ESWT? I would say, no: “…the use of a... Read More
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:51
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Ali M et al, 2018: Shock wave lithotripsy versus endoscopic cystolitholapaxy in the management of patients presenting with calcular acute urinary retention: a randomised controlled trial.

Ali M, Hashem A, Helmy TE, Zewin T, Sheir KZ, Shokeir AA.
Urology and Nephrology Center, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.

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Very good results with ESWL on bladder stones integrate and clear stones in 43 patients (86%), while 2 patients required 2 session... Read More
Thursday, 06 December 2018 14:48
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Weigel WA et al, 2018: Process improvement for a complex dual medical procedure.

Weigel WA, Gluck M, Ross AS, Lin OS, Williams BL, Blackmore CC.
Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Radiology, Department of Gastroenterology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Center for Healthcare Improvement Science, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA.

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The article does not focus on ESWL but describes an organizational and procedural rearrangement of the combined therapy of pancrea... Read More
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:37
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Davis RB et al, 2018: Contemporary practice patterns in the treatment of pediatric stone disease.

Davis RB, Farber NJ, Kaplan A, Patel R, Steckler RE, Elsamra SE.
Department of Urology, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

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No free access via Karolinska Institute and Heidelberg University
Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:44
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Li PC et al, 2018: [Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy for Peyronie's disease: A preliminary study of 32 cases].

Li PC, Chen X, Zhu XB, Shi T, Song F, Huang HW, Zhang XS.
Department of Andrology, Henan Provincial People's Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan 450000, China.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 14:32
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Frost F et al, 2018: Between a Rock and an Airspace: Pneumothorax After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy for Renal Stones in a Patient With Cystic Fibrosis.

Frost F, Griffiths P, Brockelsby C, Lynch C, Walshaw MJ, Nazareth D.
Adult CF Centre, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK.
Urology Department, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, Liverpool, UK.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:59
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Gürbuz ZG et al, 2018: Small renal pelvis stones: Shock wave lithotripsy or flexible ureteroscopy? A match-pair analysis.

Gürbuz ZG, Şener NC, Vuruşkan E, Deniz ME, Gürlen G, Ortoğlu F.
Department of Urology, University of Health Sciences, Adana City Teaching and Research Hospital, Adana, Turkey.

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In the fURS group an 11.5/9.5 F ureteral access sheath was placed in all cases obviously without problems. No patient had a primar... Read More
Friday, 09 November 2018 11:55
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Fan J et al, 2018: The role of super-mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy (SMP) in the treatment of symptomatic lower pole renal stones (LPSs) after the failure of shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) or retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS).

Fan J, Zhang T, Zhu W, Gurioli A, Ketegwe IR, Zeng G.
Department of Urology, Turin University of Studies, Turin, Italy.
Department of Urology, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Urology, No. 1-3, Kangda Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510230, China.

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Good study about the percutaneous removal of lower pole stones after failed ESWL or RIRS. The only critic I have is that 9,1% of t... Read More
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 12:04
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Tokgöz H et al, 2017: Lunar cycle may have an effect on Shock Wave Lithotripsy related pain outcome.

Tokgöz H, Yalçınkaya S, İslamoğlu E, Karamık K, Tokgöz Ö, Savaş M.
Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Departments of Urology, Departments of Radiology, Antalya, Turkey.

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From Wikimedia :https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fases_lunars.png I am not familiar with the working habits at the Depart... Read More
Friday, 02 November 2018 11:58
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Goel H et al, 2018: Role of clinical and radiological parameters in predicting the outcome of shockwave lithotripsy for ureteric stones.

Goel H, Gahlawat S, Bera MK, Pal DK, Aggarwal O.
Department of Urology, PGIMER and Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Department of Urology, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Department of Biochemistry, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.

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“This present study was designed to establish factors predicting the success of SWL” Unfortunately there is no new information off... Read More
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:46
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Iqbal N et al, 2018: Comparison of ureteroscopic pneumatic lithotripsy and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for the management of proximal ureteral stones: A single center experience.

Iqbal N, Malik Y, Nadeem U, Khalid M, Pirzada A, Majeed M, Malik HA, Akhter S.
Department of Urology, Shifa International Hospital Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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This is a retrospective study on two groups of exactly 200 patients each. “As per departmental policy patients were given choice t... Read More
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:42
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Fankhauser CD et al, 2018: Prevalence of hypertension and diabetes after exposure to extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy in patients with renal calculi: a retrospective non-randomized data analysis.

Fankhauser CD, Mohebbi N, Grogg J, Holenstein A, Zhong Q, Hermanns T, Sulser T, Steurer J, Cedric P.
Division of Nephrology, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Department of Urology, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Department of Pathology of Molecular Pathology, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Cancer Data Science Group, Children's Medical Research Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Horten Centre for Patient Oriented Research and Knowledge Transfer, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Hypertension as a late complication of ESWL is an important and controversial issue. With the present paper the battel continues. ... Read More
Friday, 26 October 2018 11:37
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Langenauer J et al, 2018: Advanced non-contrasted computed tomography post-processing by CT-Calculometry (CT-CM) outperforms established predictors for the outcome of shock wave lithotripsy.

Langenauer J, Betschart P, Hechelhammer L, Güsewell S, Schmid HP, Engeler DS, Abt D, Zumstein V.
Department of Urology, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Rorschacherstrasse 95, 9007, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Rorschacherstrasse 95, 9007, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Biostatistics, Clinical Trials Unit, Rorschacherstrasse 95, 9007, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Department of Urology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.

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This is work in progress and the authors’ enthusiasm is damped a little bit by the fact that “no re-intervention needed” includes ... Read More
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:04
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Barreto L et al, 2018: Medical and surgical interventions for the treatment of urinary stones in children.

Barreto L, Jung JH, Abdelrahim A, Ahmed M, Dawkins GPC, Kazmierski M.
Department of Urology, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, London, UK.

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Terrifying view on what has been published on the subject. There are not only too many journals but also too many low quality pape... Read More
Monday, 22 October 2018 10:58
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Ito H et al, 2018: Systematic review of Calyceal Diverticulum.

Ito H, Aboumarzouk O, Abushamma F, Keeley F.
Southmead Hospital, 159003, Bristol Urological Institute, Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 473300, Urology Department, Urological Research and Training Unit, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
University of Glasgow, School of Medicine, Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Bristol Urological Institute, Urology, Southmead Hospital, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Meta-Analyses are usually done to shed light on a disease and to better understand how to handle it. Unfortunately frequently the... Read More
Friday, 19 October 2018 10:51
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Samotyjek J et al, 2018: Surgical treatment methods of urolithiasis in the pediatric population.

Samotyjek J, Jurkiewicz B, Krupa A.
Pediatric Surgery and Urology Clinic CMKP in Dziekanów Leśny, Poland.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:09
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Wang D et al, 2018: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy for Chronic Pancreatitis Patients With Stones After Pancreatic Surgery.

Wang D, Ji JT, Xin L, Bi YW, Pan J, Liao Z, Du TT, Lin JH, Zhang D, Zeng XP, Ye B, Zou WB, Chen H, Xie T, Li BR, Zheng ZH, Li ZS, Hu LH.

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Friday, 21 September 2018 09:05
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Bucci S et al, 2018: Emergency extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (eSWL) as opposed to delayed SWL (dSWL) for the treatment of acute renal colic due to obstructive ureteral stone: a prospective randomized trial.

Bucci S, Umari P, Rizzo M, Pavan N, Liguori G, Barbone F, Trombetta C.
Department of Urology, University of Trieste, Cattinara Hospital, Trieste, Italy.
IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy.

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Friday, 07 September 2018 09:01
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Fojecki GL et al, 2018: Effect of Linear Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction-12-Month Follow-Up of a Randomized, Double-Blinded, Sham-Controlled Study.

Fojecki GL, Tiessen S, Osther PJS.
Department of Urology, Hospital of Southern Jutland, Sønderborg, Denmark.
Department of Urology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
Urological Research Center, Department of Urology, Lillebaelt Hospital, University of Southern, Denmark.

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A well done study with long term data of a previously published series (Fojecki GL, Tiessen S, Osther PJ. Effect of low-energy lin... Read More
Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:13
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Kalyvianakis D et al, 2018: Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction: A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing 2 Treatment Protocols and the Impact of Repeating Treatment.

Kalyvianakis D, Memmos E, Mykoniatis I, Kapoteli P, Memmos D, Hatzichristou D.
Department of Urology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece; 1st Department of Urology and Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece; Institute for the Study of Urological Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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The unexperienced reader has to become familiar with the term minimally clinical important differences (MCID). He will find the fi... Read More
Friday, 10 August 2018 09:08
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Rizk PJ et al, 2018: Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction.

Rizk PJ, Krieger JR, Kohn TP, Pastuszak AW.
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
Center for Reproductive Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA; Scott Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.

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I do not like publications that covertly quote quotations from other papers instead of leading the reader down to the original one... Read More
Friday, 03 August 2018 09:03
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Kang HW et al, 2018: Predictive factors and treatment outcomes of Steinstrasse following shock wave lithotripsy for ureteral calculi: A Bayesian regression model analysis.

Kang HW, Cho KS, Ham WS, Kang DH, Jung HD, Kwon JK, Choi YD, Lee JY.
Department of Urology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea.
Department of Urology, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Urological Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Urology, Severance Hospital, Urological Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Urology, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
Department of Urology, Yongin Severance Hospital,Yonsei University Health System, Yongin, Korea.
Department of Urology, Severance Check-Up, Yonsei University Health System, Seoul, Korea.

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This is how the authors explain the fact that a short SSD provoked Steinstrasse: “… in ureter stones with relatively short SSDs,... Read More
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:59
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Jing S et al, 2018: Modified Mechanical Percussion for Upper Urinary Tract Stone Fragments after Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy: a Prospective Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial.

Jing S, Liu B, Lan W, Zhao X, Bao J, Ma J, Liu Z, Liu H, Pan T, Yang J, Wu D, Zhao Y, Wang Y, Wang Z.
Institute of Urology, Lanzhou University Second Hospital, Key Laboratory of Urological Diseases, Gansu Province (Lanzhou University), Gansu Nephro-Urological Clinical Center, Lanzhou, China.
Department of Urology, Wuhan General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Region, Wuhan, China.
Department of Urology, Shenzhen People's Hospital, Second Clinical Medicine School of Jinan University, Shenzhen, China.
Institute of Urology, Lanzhou University Second Hospital, Key Laboratory of Urological Diseases, Gansu Province (Lanzhou University), Gansu Nephro-Urological Clinical Center, Lanzhou, China.

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This adds to the positive results with post-ESWL percussion-inversion-diuresis protocols. The results are surprisingly good from t... Read More
Monday, 23 July 2018 08:51
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Streeper NM, 2018: Asymptomatic Renal Stones-to Treat or Not to Treat.

Streeper NM.
Division of Urology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Mail Code H055, 500 University Drive, PO Box 850, Hershey, PA.

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This is a well written bias-free publication with a lot of good facts and clear cut recommendations. Get a copy and read it! You ... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2018 08:23
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Ellison JS et al, 2018: Risk factors for repeat surgical intervention in pediatric nephrolithiasis: A Pediatric Health Information System database study.

Ellison JS, Shnorhavorian M, Oron A, Kieran K, Lendvay TS, Merguerian PA.
Pediatric Urology, Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

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This is a very detailed care research analysis. it would be good to have similar data on all other stone treatment procedures in a... Read More
Friday, 13 July 2018 08:18
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Ng CF et al, 2018: Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy Could Lead to a Prolonged Increase in the Renal Fibrotic Process of Up to 2 Years.

Ng CF, Luke S, Yee CH, Leung SCH, Teoh JYC, Yuen J.
SH Ho Urology Centre, Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong .
School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University , Hung Hom, Hong Kong.

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A carefully selected title for a paper with alarming specifications: “In the literature, the average annual incidence of add-on ph... Read More
Friday, 06 July 2018 12:13
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Kyriakides R et al, 2017: Effect of Music on Outpatient Urological Procedures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis from ESUT.

Kyriakides R, Jones P, Geraghty R, Skolarikos A, Liatsikos E, Traxer O, Pietropaolo A, Somani BK.
University of Southampton, University Hospital Southampton National Health Service Trust, Southampton, United Kingdom.
Department of Urology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and 2nd Department of Urology, Sismanoglio Hospital, Athens, Greece.
Department of Urology, Patras University, Patra, Greece.
Tenon Hospital, Pierre and Marie Curie University and Group Recherche Clinique Lithiase No. 20, Paris, France.

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In the six studies on ESWL 489 of 1023 patients were exposed to music. It helps to reduce analgesic consumption.
Monday, 02 July 2018 08:06
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Yucel MO et al, 2017: The Respiratory Induced Kidney Motion: Does It Really Effect the Shock Wave Lithotripsy?

Yucel MO, Ozcan S, Tirpan G, Bagcioglu M, Aydin A, Demirbas A, Karakan T.
Department of Urology, Adiyaman University, Adiyaman, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Izmir Katip Çelebi University, Izmir, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

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This paper deals with a well-known fact. I admit that I did not understand how the authors measured the kidney motion: “The size o... Read More
Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:01
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Hazar IA et al, 2017: Does Mild Hydronephrosis Induced by Full-Bladder Improve Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Shock Wave Lithotripsy for Lower Calyceal Stones?: A Prospective Randomized Study.

Hazar IA, Cakiroglu B, Sinanoglu O, Akgün FS, Arda E, Yuksel I, Akdere H.
Department of Urology, Taksim Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department Urology, Hisar Intercontinental Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Emergency Clinic, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey.

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How is this done? “In the present study as well, we tried to increase hydrostatic pressure in the renal calyces and pelvis through... Read More
Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:57
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Waqas M et al, 2018: Evaluating the importance of different computed tomography scan-based factors in predicting the outcome of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for renal stones.

Waqas M, Saqib IU, Imran Jamil M, Ayaz Khan M, Akhter S.
Department of Urology, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Foundation Year Resident, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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There are many studies on the market looking at parameters that allow predicting the success rate of ESWL based on imaging finding... Read More
Friday, 08 June 2018 07:51
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Sridharan K et al, 2018: Efficacy and safety of alpha blockers in medical expulsive therapy for ureteral stones: a mixed treatment network meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials.

Sridharan K, Sivaramakrishnan G.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Manama , Bahrain.
Assistant Professor in Prosthodontics, School of Oral Health, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Suva , Fiji Islands.

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Here is a next-generation meta-analyses: network meta-analysis. In the discussion section the authors state: “More recently, Hol... Read More
Thursday, 31 May 2018 07:45
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Ludwig WW et al, 2018: Urinary Stone Disease: Diagnosis, Medical Therapy, and Surgical Management.

Ludwig WW, Matlaga BR.
Department of Urology, The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 600 North Wolfe Street, Marburg 134, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.

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This is a general small review on all aspects of stone therapy similar to a very condense version of a guideline.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:39
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Farouk A et al, 2018: Is mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy a safe alternative to extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy in pediatric age group in borderline stones? a randomized prospective study.

Farouk A, Tawfick A, Shoeb M, Mahmoud MA, Mostafa DE, Hasan M, Abdalla HM.
Department of Urology, Ain Shams University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt.

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A prospective randomised study of a significant number of patients which adds to what is known when comparing Mini-PNL with ESWL. ... Read More
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 07:47
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Ergin G et al, 2018: Shock wave lithotripsy or retrograde intrarenal surgery: which one is more effective for 10-20-mm renal stones in children.

Ergin G, Kirac M, Kopru B, Ebiloglu T, Kibar Y, Biri H.
Department of Urology, Koru Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

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A retrospective study on 79 children treated in 10 years by ESWL or URS; that might be 8 children per year. There is no informatio... Read More
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 07:15
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Sarica K et al, 2017: Super-mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy for renal stone less than 25mm in pediatric patients: Could it be an alternative to shockwave lithotripsy?

Sarica K, Eryildirim B, Tuerxun A, Batuer A, Kavukoglu O, Buz A, Zeng G.
Lütfi Kirdar Training and Research Hospital Urology Clinic, Istanbul, Turquía.
The First People's Hospital of Kashgar Erea, Kashgar City, Xinjiang, China.
Department of Urology, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Urology, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China.

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No free access via Karolinska Institute and Heidelberg University.
Friday, 27 April 2018 11:08
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Fojecki GL et al, 2017: Effect of Linear Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction-12-Month Follow-Up of a Randomized, Double-Blinded, Sham-Controlled Study.

Fojecki GL, Tiessen S, Sloth Osther PJ.
Department of Urology, Hospital of Southern Jutland, Sønderborg, Denmark.
Department of Urology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
Urological Research Center, Department of Urology, Lillebaelt Hospital, University of Southern, Denmark.

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A solid study on a swaying subject. The interested reader should have a look at: Fode M, Hatzichristodoulou G, Serefoglu EC, Verze... Read More
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:02
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Woźniak P et al, 2017: Evaluation of hemostasis parameters and the role of the oxidative damage to plasma proteins in the modulation of hemostasis in patients with nephrolithiasis before and after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

Woźniak P, Kontek B, Różański W, Olas B.
2nd Department of Urology, Medical University of Łódź, Pabianicka 62, Łódź, Poland.
Department of General Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Łódź, Pomorska 141/3, Łódź, Poland.

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Turkay R et al, 2017: Shear Wave Elastographic Alterations in the Kidney After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy.

Turkay R, Inci E, Bas D, Atar A.
Department of Radiology, Medical Sciences University, Istanbul Bakirkoy Dr Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, Turkey.
Department of Urology, Medical Sciences University, Istanbul Bakirkoy Dr Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, Turkey.

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They say: This is a first report on the measurement of tissue elasticity after ESWL. What the SWE values can be used for is uncl... Read More
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:52
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López-Acón JD et al, 2017: Analysis of the Efficacy and Safety of Increasing the Energy Dose Applied Per Session by Increasing the Number of Shock Waves in Extracorporeal Lithotripsy: A Prospective and Comparative Study.

López-Acón JD, Budía Alba A, Bahílo-Mateu P, Trassierra-Villa M, de Los Ángeles Conca-Baenas M, de Guzmán Ordaz-Jurado D, Boronat FT.
Endourology and Lithotripsy Department, La Fe University and Polythecnic Hospital, Valencia, Spain.

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No ramping, 120 Hz, up to 7000 shots per session with good results and no difference in the complication rate in a prospective R... Read More
Monday, 16 April 2018 10:48
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Kazama I et al, 2017: Postrenal acute kidney injury in a patient with unilateral ureteral obstruction caused by urolithiasis: A case report.

Kazama I, Nakajima T.
Department of Physiology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Seiryo-cho, Aoba-ku bInternal Medicine, Iwakiri Hospital, Miyagino-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan.

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A case report on renal function but without a focus on ESWL
Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:41
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Guu SJ et al, 2017: Efficacy of Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Men With Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Refractory to 3-As Therapy.

Guu SJ, Geng JH, Chao IT, Lin HT, Lee YC, Juan YS, Liu CC, Wang CJ, Tsai CC.
Department of Urology, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Department of Urology, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Teaching and Research Center, Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Department of Urology, Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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An “open-label, single-arm prospective study” with extremely good results on patients who failed everything else!? The materials ... Read More
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:37
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Yang TX et al, 2017: A network meta-analysis on the beneficial effect of medical expulsive therapy after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

Yang TX, Liao BH, Chen YT, Li H, He Q, Liu QY, Wang KJ.
Department of Urology, Institute of Urology (Laboratory of Reconstructive Urology), West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China.
Department of Urology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan, P. R. China.

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Network metaanalysis is the new kid on the block. The present authors looked at 26 studies with 5 interventions (tamsulosin, tera... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:30
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Man L et al, 2017: Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Man L, Li G.
Department of Urology, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, 100035, China.

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In the discussion it says: “Most of the included RCTs did not describe the details of randomization or blinding, and the potential... Read More
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 10:17
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Chung JM et al, 2017: Impact of repeated extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy on prepubertal rat kidney.

Chung JM, Park BK, Kim JH, Lee HJ, Lee SD.
Department of Urology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea.
Department of Pathology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea.

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The basic idea to do this study is described by the authors: “It is well known that renal trauma differs between children and adul... Read More
Monday, 02 April 2018 10:14
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Maldonado-Avila M et al, 2017: Comparison of three analgesic drug regimens with twelfth subcostal nerve block for pain control during extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

Maldonado-Avila M, Garduño-Arteaga LM, Vela-Mollinedo RA, Jaspersen-Gastelum J, Virgen-Gutierrez F, Del Rosario-Santiago M, Rios-Davila V.
Hospital General de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

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Chaussy CG et al, 2017: How can and should we optimize extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy?

Chaussy CG, Tiselius HG.
University of Munich, Munich, Germany.
University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany.
Keck School of Medicine, USC, Los Angeles, USA.
Division of Urology, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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A must-read for the Urologist in charge of the ESWL treatment in his department. The second must read is (López-Acón JD et al. Ana... Read More
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:00
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Zou ZJ et al, 2017: Low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy for erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy: a review of preclinical studies.

Zou ZJ, Liang JY, Liu ZH, Gao R, Lu YP.
Department of Urology, Institute of Urology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041, China.
Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, Fujian, 350005, China.

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An interesting review on experimental studies on the possible mechanisms of how LI-ESWT could help in post-prostatectomy ED which ... Read More
Monday, 26 March 2018 09:54
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Schoenthaler M et al, 2017: The stone surgeon in the mirror: how are German-speaking urologists treating large renal stones today?

Schoenthaler M, Hein S, Seitz C, Türk C, Danuser H, Vach W, Miernik A.
Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Centre-University of Freiburg, Hugstetter Str. 55, 79106, Freiburg, Germany.
Department of Urology, Vienna General Hospital, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090, Vienna, Austria.
Department of Urology/Stone Centre, Hospital Rudolfstiftung, Ziehrerplatz 7/7, 1030, Vienna, Austria.
Department of Urology, Kantonsspital, 6000, Lucerne 16, Switzerland.
Centre for Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, University of Freiburg, Stefan-Meier Str. 26, 79104, Freiburg, Germany.

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I have some doubts on the ways the data were collected, and how they are interpreted and presented. “Open surgery is still perfor... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:44
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Sabharwal S et al, 2017: A prospective randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial to assess the effect of diuretics on shockwave lithotripsy of calculi.

Sabharwal S, Jeyaseelan L, Panda A, Gnanaraj L, Kekre NS, Devasia A.
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.
2Department of Biostatistics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.

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A proper, well done study with a small number of cases based on the presumption that the difference between the two groups would b... Read More
Friday, 16 March 2018 09:39
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Gezginci E et al, 2017: Comparison of Two Different Distraction Methods Affecting the Level of Pain and Anxiety during Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Gezginci E, Iyigun E, Yalcin S, Bedir S, Ozgok IY.
University of Health Sciences, Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, Department of Urology, Ankara, Turkey.
University of Health Sciences, Gulhane School of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey.
University of Turkish Aeronautical Association, Board of Trustees, Ankara, Turkey.

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In this study “no patients were administered any type of analgesic drug before and during ESWL”. No surprise that the mean (SD) pa... Read More
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:34
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Ahn JS et al, 2017: National Imaging Trends After Ureteroscopic or Shockwave Lithotripsy For Nephrolithiasis

Ahn JS, Holt S, May P, Harper JD.
Department of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

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America runs way behind with the use of sonographic imaging. It’s good to see that this imaging technique, which is urological rou... Read More
Monday, 12 March 2018 13:46
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Cevik B et al, 2017: Procedural sedation and analgesia for pediatric shock wave lithotripsy: a 10 year experience of single institution.

Cevik B, Tuncer M, Erkal KH, Eryildirim B, Sarica K.
Dr. Lütfi Kirdar Training and Research Hospital, Anesthesiology and Reanimation Clinic, Şemsi Denizer caddesi, 34865, Cevizli-Kartal, Istanbul, Turkey.

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A good study with clear cut information for everyday use.
Friday, 09 March 2018 13:42
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Kalyvianakis D et al, 2017: Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy Improves Hemodynamic Parameters in Patients With Vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction: A Triplex Ultrasonography-Based Sham-Controlled Trial.

Kalyvianakis D, Hatzichristou D.
Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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A good study by a group being involved in that matter since years. Hatzichristou D. Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Waves Thera... Read More
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 13:38
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