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2020 Feb 07

Acad Emerg Med

Medical Expulsive Therapy (Alpha Blockers) for Urological Stone Disease.


Conway JC, Friedman BW
Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Feb 07.
PMID: 32034826.


Urinary tract stones are common and usually painful. Lifetime prevalence is approximately 10%. Direct healthcare costs are estimated to be over $10 billion dollars annually. First-line treatment is typically analgesia with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs until the stone passes. If the stone does not pass spontaneously, urological intervention may be necessary.