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Piezoelectric Shock-Wave Lithotripsy: Experimental and Clinical Results

  • E. Becht
  • D. Neisius
  • M. Ziegler


Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy has revolutionized the management of urinary calculi. The first-generation shock-wave devices with a spark-gap as an energy source still have significant disadvantages. These concern the potential risk to the patients, the need of anesthesia, x-ray exposure, and technical aspects such as mobility, necessity of additional staff, and high running costs. Therefore, a second-generation extracorporeal piezoelectric shock-wave lithotripter (EPL) was designed and developed at the Clinic of Urology, University Homburg/Saar, FRG.


Ureteral Stone Urinary Calculus Biliary Stone Stone Disintegration Staghorn Stone 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Becht
    • 1
  • D. Neisius
    • 1
  • M. Ziegler
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinic of UrologyUniversity of SaarlandHomburg/SaarGermany

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