Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences

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The Complications of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (Five Year's Experience)




The aim of this study was to evaluate the complications of Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for symptomatic gallbladder stones. In a five year period, 167 patients were treated with ESWL plus litholytic agent. As major complications, acute pancreatitis was observed in 7 patients (4%) and acute cholecystitis in 2(1%). As minor complications cutaneous petechiae were observed in 33 patients (20%), transient obstructive jaundice in 2 (1,1%), microscopic haematuria in 4 (2,4%) and cardiac arrhythmia in one patient (0.6%). In conclusion ESWL has serious complications and recurrence problems and must be used in carefully selected patients with symptomatic gallbladder disease.

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