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Treatment of salivary stones by extracorporeal lithotripsy
PURPOSE: This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of extracorporeal lithotripsy (ECL) in the treatment of salivary stones.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a prospective study, an additional 15 patients suffering from sialolithiasis were treated by applying extracorporeally generated shock waves. No patients needed general anaesthesia, sedatives, or analgesics.
RESULTS: Treatment was effective in 80% of the 15 patients in this series (5 total efficacy and 7 partial efficacy). Only minor complications were observed.
CONCLUSION: Lithotripsy is a promising nonsurgical therapy for the treatment of sialolithiasis.Sign-in to see all concepts, it's free!