The Pulsed Dye Laser in Clinical Stone Problems

  • G. M. Watson

Summary

The pulsed dye laser has been used to fragment ureteric calculi in 250 patients. Its contribution to the Urologist’s armamentarium lies partly in that it is safer to use as a fragmentation modality than the electrohydraulic probe and partly in the advantages it offers in ureteroscopy. As a result of the ability to use smaller calibre ureteroscopes with the laser ureteroscopy has become easier and the complications of stricture, failure to reach the stone and ureteric perforation have diminished. The future development of this technique may be by fragmenting the calculus without endoscopic control.

Keywords

Catheter Oxalate Perforation Monohydrate 

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References

  1. [1]
    The pulsed dye laser for fragmenting urinary calculi. G. M. Watson, S. Murray, S. P. Dretler, J. A. Parrish. Journal of Urology (1987) 138: 195–198.Google Scholar
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    An assessment of the pulsed dye laser for fragmenting calculi in the pig ureter. G. M. Watson, S. Murray, S. P. Dretler, J. A. Parrish. Journal of Urology (1987) 138: 199–202.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyThe Middlesex HospitalLondonUK

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