Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of pancreatic stones was performed in four patients with chronic pancreatitis and a dilated duct system harbouring stones 5-12 mm in diameter. The stones were disintegrated by shock waves using a Dornier lithotripter in one or more sessions. Disintegration of stones was achieved in 4/4 patients, initial (6-11 months) relief of pain in 3/4 patients, and total clearance of pancreatic duct in 3/4 patients. No complications were observed. In the first patient in whom ESWL was not completely successful, underwent an operation: a longitudinal pancreato-gastrostomy and the stones were found completely disintegrated. From these early data they conclude that ESWL of pancreatic duct stones is a provisional new alternative for surgery in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis.
|Translated title of the contribution||Initial experience with ESWL therapy of pancreatic duct calculi|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 6 1992|
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