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Other Treatments for Kidney Stones
Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
- Does not pass after a reasonable period of time and causes constant pain
- Is too large to pass on its own
- Blocks the flow of urine
- Causes ongoing urinary tract infection
- Damages kidney tissue or causes constant bleeding
- Bleeding disorder or taking medicine to reduce blood clotting
- Skeletal deformities
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Kidney stones in adults. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/stonesadults/. Updated January 28, 2013. Accessed April 16, 2013.
Kidney stones and ureteral stones. Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=148. Accessed April 16, 2013.
Nephrolithiasis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 22, 2013. Accessed April 16, 2013.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014
- Update Date: 04/29/2014