The aim of the study was to answer the following questions: Is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for gallbladder stones a safe and effective therapy? (Chapter 2) Is simultaneous treatment with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and the solvent methyl te.rt-butyl ether feasible, safe. and more effective than either treatment alone? (Chapter 3) Is ultrasonography reliable for the evaluation of ESWL-results? (Chapter 4) What proportion of patients, with symptomatic gallbladder stones, is suitable for the current operative and non-operative treatment modalities? (Chapter 5) Is stone recurrence inevitable after gallbladder saving therapies? (Chapter 6) Is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy a safe and effective therapy for common bile duct stones? (Chapter 7) Is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy a safe and effective therapy for pancreatic duct stones? (Chapter 8)

biliary stones, extracorporeal shock wave, gallbladder stones, pancreatic stones, therapy
O.T. Terpstra (Onno)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Financial support for publication of this thesis was generously provided by: ROGAL (Rotterdam Gallstone Study), Tramedico B.V.. (\f'/eesp, The Netherlands), Lederle B.V. (Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
978-90-90-06102-3
hdl.handle.net/1765/39426
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

den Toom, R. (1993, June 4). Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of biliary and pancreatic stones . Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/39426