ESWL less effective for elderly patients

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A recent issue of BJU International published findings that the rate of clearance of renal stones after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is lower in elderly patients than in younger patients.

Chi-Fai Ng, MD, and colleagues from The Chinese University of Hong Kong researched the effect of patient age on stone-free rates and stone fragmentation rates in 2,192 patients with isolated urinary calculi after ESWL treatment.

“ESWL in elderly patients with renal stone may not always be the best options," said Ng in an article published by Reuters. "As modern endoscopic procedures are in general quite safe, more endoscopic procedures should be offered to the elderly population."