Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy in the treatment of encrusted ureteral stents

Catalin Pricop, James C. Williams, Catalin Ciuta, Dan Mischianu

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Introduction. Forgotten, encrusted ureteral stents represent a difficult problem for urologists, and a consensus on the best therapeutic approach is lacking. Material and methods. We present a case of a female patient who was treated for an encrusted ureteral stent using extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. Conclusion. Successful management of encrusted ureteral stents requires careful planning and may entail a combination of endourologic approaches. It is imperative to avoid using significant force, which can result in severe ureteral injury or breakage of the stent. We believe in treating the distal component prior to managing any proximal or ureteral components and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy is the first choice to choose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-86
Number of pages3
JournalCentral European Journal of Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Encrusted ureteral stent
  • ESWL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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