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Lithotripsy

  I had lithotripsy for a right kidney stone    in 1997. Since then I had a football size tumor on my right ovary which was removed in June 1998. I also have pain in my right elbow, knee and foot. All this started after the lithotripsy. Am I crazy or could these side effects of tat procedure?
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Dear Shari,
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotrypsy involves focusing energy on a kidney stone in order to break it up into fragments that are small enough to pass ot of the body with the urine.  This is done with either x-ray or ultrasound guidance to localize the stone during the procedure.  Side effects include bleeding, infection, risks of anesthesia, temporary decreased kidney function, and incomplete break-up of the stone requiring further procedures.
Elbow, knee, and foot pain would not be related to extracorporeal shock wave lithotrypsy.  We would suggest evaluation by your internal medicine physician.
This information is provided for general medical information purposes only. Please consult  your physician for diagnostic and treatment options pertaining to your specific medical condition. More individualized care is available through our department at the Henry Ford Hospital  and its suburban locations (I-800-653-6568).
Sincerely;
HFHS M.D.-CK
  * Keyword: Lithotrypsy, ESWL





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