Urolithiasis is a common problem causing considerable morbidity and medical care costs. The annual incidence of clinical stone disease is approximately 1 per 1000 in the adult population; about 1 in 10 Americans will require treatment for a stone during his or her lifetime (1-3). Recurrences are common, occurring among 20% to 50% of patients within a 5-year period (4-6). Fortunately, most stones are small enough to pass spontaneously (5-7). In such cases, the major costs are indirect, due to the substantial morbidity produced in an otherwise healthy, productive segment of the population (most first episodes occur between 30 and
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Lithotripsy. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:626-629. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-626
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):626-629.
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