A stone crushing machine used to shatter kidney stones and gallstones by physical or other means such as with a shock wave. There are several methods available for producing an acoustical or ultrasonic "big bang" which can be focused from outside onto the kidney and the kidney stone. This technique, termed extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, gives generally good results with kidney stones less than 1.5 cm (5/8th of an inch) in diameter.
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litho·trip·tor (lithґo-trip″tər) lithotripter.

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  • Lithotriptor — Lith o*trip tor (l[i^]th [ o]*tr[i^]p t[ e]r), n. (Surg.) An instrument for triturating the stone in the bladder; a lithotrite. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lithotriptor — A lithotriptor is a medical device used in the non invasive treatment of kidney stones (urinary calculosis) and biliary calculi (stones in the gallbladder or in the liver). The scientific name of this procedure is Extracorporeal Shock Wave… …   Wikipedia

  • lithotriptor — noun see lithotripter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lithotriptor — Li|tho|trịp|tor, der; s, ...oren [zu griech. tríbein = zertrümmern] (Med.): durch die Harnröhre eingeführtes Instrument zur Zertrümmerung von Blasensteinen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Lithotriptor — Li|tho|trịptor m; s,̲ren: 1) = Lithoklast. 2) mit Ultraschall arbeitender Apparat zur Steinzertrümmerung …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • Lithotriptor — Li|tho|trip|tor* der; s, ...oren <zu ↑...or>: 1. svw. ↑Lithoklast. 2. Gerät zur ↑extrakorporalen Zertrümmerung von Blasensteinen mithilfe von Ultraschall (Med.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • lithotriptor — lith·o·trip·tor …   English syllables

  • lithotriptor — noun see lithotripter …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kidney stone — Classification and external resources …   Wikipedia

  • Hydrostatic shock — The term hydrostatic shock describes the theory that a penetrating projectile produces remote wounding and incapacitating effects in living targets, in addition to local effects in tissue caused by direct impact, through a hydraulic effect in… …   Wikipedia

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