Patient Positioning Following Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

  • John J. Pahira
  • B. J. Reid Czarapata

Abstract

Fragments remaining after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL*) often accumulate in the lower pole and remain there. A method, modeled on the principle of postural drainage, was developed to increase the passage of the lower pole fragments. After consuming a large quantity of water, the patient assumes a special position. The procedure is not invasive and utilizes equipment found in the home. Nearly all patients who tried the procedure reported increased fragment passage. Only one patient reported difficulty. A patient with hiatal hernia suffered an episode of chest pain requiring an emergency room admission.

Keywords

Hiatal Hernia Lower Pole Shock Wave Lithotripsy Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Incline Plane 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Pahira
    • 1
  • B. J. Reid Czarapata
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown University HospitalUSA

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