Differentiated approach to staghorn calculi using extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy and percutaneous nephro-lithotomy: an analysis of 151 consecutive cases

Research paper by F. Eisenberger, J. Rassweiler, P. Bub, B. Kallert, K. Miller

Indexed on: 01 Dec '87Published on: 01 Dec '87Published in: World Journal of Urology


From January 1984 to June 1986, 151 patients with partial or complete staghorn calculi were treated at our department either by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephro-lithotomy (PCN) or a combination of both techniques. According to the stone burden, distribution of stone load, renal anatomy, radiodensity and chemical composition of the calculi, 31 patients (20%) underwent ESWL-monotherapy, 42 patients (28%) PCN-monotherapy, and 78 (52%) were treated by the combination (PCN+ESWL). The overall rate of severe complications amounted to 8%. Auxiliary measures were necessary in 35% after ESWL-monotherapy, 19% after PCN-monotherapy and 14% after the combination. Follow-up data with a mean observation time of 18 months were available for 89 patients: the stone-free rate for ESWL, PCN and the combination was 50%, 77%, and 60%, respectively. Recurrent stone formation occurred in 4% after PCN and in 6% after the combination. The incidence of urinary tract infection was significantly lower than before treatment (21% vs 36%).