Lithotripsy Kidney Stone Treatment Risks

A popular kidney stone removal method, lithotripsy, has been shown to increase risk of diabetes and high blood pressure according to one recent study. This 19-year study by the Mayo Clinic identified that blasting kidney stones with shock waves increased patient risks of diabetes by four times and increased development of high blood pressure or hypertension by 50%.

Approximately one million U.S. patients have been treated with Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL). Researchers believe this shock wave therapy may scar the kidneys and increase the production and secretion of hormones.

Kidney stones are solid mineral deposits found in or near the kidneys. About 10% of men and 5% of women develop single or multiple kidney stones. Kidney stones can cause severe abdominal pain and may eventually obstruct the flow of urine. In most cases, treatment, such as invasive surgery or lithotripsy is necessary to pass the stones larger than 6mm out of the body.

Lithotripsy Kidney Stone Treatment in the News

With new study results, urologists and nephrology specialists are advised to carefully explain lithotripsy risks and alternative treatments with kidney stone patients. (Apr-10-06) [MED PAGE TODAY]

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If you had Lithotripsy Kidney Stone Treatment and suffered diabetes or hypertension, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in our form on the right to submit your complaint to a lawyer for a free evaluation.

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I have questions about the procedure?My dad got put inICU for 5 days after.

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Lithrtripsy feb 2015, huge hematoma after, hypertension, more....

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