Holmium laser lithotripsy of a complicated biliary calculus

J Endourol. 1999 Sep;13(7):505-6. doi: 10.1089/end.1999.13.505.


More than 500,000 cholecystectomies are performed annually. Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy and endoscopic laser lithotripsy have been used for the management of common bile duct calculi, which complicate 10% of cases. We report the first successful clinical application of the Ho:YAG laser to a complex biliary calculus case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Gallstones / complications
  • Gallstones / therapy*
  • Holmium
  • Humans
  • Lasers*
  • Lithotripsy / methods*
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Holmium