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Archivos Españoles de Urología (Ed. impresa)

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COLOMA DEL PESO, Almudena et al. Usefulness of the StoneBreakerTM lithotripter for percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Arch. Esp. Urol. [online]. 2008, vol.61, n.6, pp.733-736. ISSN 0004-0614.

Objective: Throughout the history, many devices have been used for breaking urinary tract stones. StoneBreakerTM (LMA Urology, Gland, Switzerland) is a second generation of intracorporeal lithotripter, pneumatic and portable, which adds several new advantages, like effectiveness in stone fragmentation and easy handling, very useful during percutaneous lithotripsy. Methods/Results: We report the case of a 40 year-old male patient, with a left kidney pyelic lithiasis, who was treated by percutaneous lithotripsy, under general anaesthesia, with StoneBreakerTM (LMA Urology, Gland, Switzerland) as lithotripter. Conclusions: StoneBreakerTM (LMA Urology, Gland, Switzerland) is a lithotripter usable with rigid and semirigid ureteroscopes, much more powerful than its predecessors. It is able to decrease the number of shocks necessary for stone fragmentation, without bigger tissue reaction. It also has a more comfortable design due to the absence of connections, and its power by replaceable carbon dioxide cartridges.

Keywords : Stonebreaker; Lithiasis; Lithotripter.

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