Lithotripsy is a medical procedure involving the physical destruction of hardened masses like kidney stones, bezoars or gallstones. The term is derived from the Greek words meaning "breaking (or pulverizing) stones" (litho- + τρίψω [tripso]).
- ^ "Lithotripsy", A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, Medline Plus (Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.: United States National Library of Medicine), September 16, 2011, OCLC 244795383, archived from the original on July 27, 2011, retrieved October 28, 2012, "Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or ureter (tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder)."
- ^ Hayashi, Kazuki; Ohara, Hirotaka; Naitoh, Itaru; Okumura, Fumihiro; Andoh, Tomoaki; Itoh, Takafumi; Nakazawa, Takahiro; Joh, Takashi (November 12, 2008), "Persimmon bezoar successfully treated by oral intake of Coca-Cola: a case report", Cases Journal (London, England, U.K.: BioMed Central, published December 11, 2008) 1: 385, doi:10.1186/1757-1626-1-385, ISSN 1757-1626, OCLC 234326274, retrieved October 24, 2012, "There have been reports on the methods for treating bezoars, including surgical treatment, endoscopic lithotripsy, electrohydraulic lithotripsy, laser therapy, and even the use of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)."