Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy in the prone position: treatment of stones in the distal ureter or anomalous kidney

J Urol. 1988 May;139(5):911-5. doi: 10.1016/s0022-5347(17)42713-3.


A total of 15 patients underwent ESWL using the Dornier HM3 lithotriptor with the patient in the prone position. The stones were in the distal ureter over the sacroiliac joint in 10 patients, 8 of whom had undergone unsuccessful ureteroscopic manipulation. Two patients had horseshoe kidneys with stones that were too anterior to permit accurate targeting with the patient in the standard supine position. One patient had a solitary stone in a pelvic kidney and 1 had an obstructing ureteropelvic junction stone in a crossed ectopic kidney. The final patient had a reconstructed lower urinary tract with a stone at 1 of the ureterointestinal anastomoses. Excellent pulverization was achieved in all patients after only 1 prone ESWL treatment. One patient required temporary percutaneous nephrostomy after ESWL and 1 may require retrograde manipulation of fragments at the ureterovesical junction. No patient had melena, and other than temporary ileus in 1 patient who had concurrent supine ESWL of renal calculi, no gastrointestinal complications were seen. All but 1 patient were free of stones 1 month after prone ESWL. Prone ESWL prevents blockage of shock wave energy by the bony pelvis, because the shock waves enter anteriorly and exit posteriorly. ESWL with the patient in the prone position is a safe and effective treatment of calculi in the distal ureter or anomalous kidney.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney / abnormalities*
  • Kidney Calculi / therapy*
  • Lithotripsy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Posture
  • Ureteral Calculi / therapy*