Disintegration of a pancreatic duct stone with extracorporeal shock waves in a patient with chronic pancreatitis

Endoscopy. 1987 Sep;19(5):207-8. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1018284.


We report the case of a 33-year-old woman with chronic calcifying pancreatitis in whom an intraductal pancreatic stone with a diameter of 8 mm was successfully disintegrated with extracorporeal shock waves, permitting subsequent endoscopic extraction of the fragments. The patient had a mild attack of pancreatitis after the treatment. We conclude that shockwave lithotripsy of a pancreatic duct stone in patients with chronic pancreatitis is possible. It should, however, be viewed with reservation until further experience has been gained.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calculi / complications
  • Calculi / therapy*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lithotripsy*
  • Pancreatic Diseases / complications
  • Pancreatic Diseases / therapy
  • Pancreatic Ducts*
  • Pancreatitis / complications*