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Alexandrite Laser Lithotripsy

The Alexandrite laser lithotripsy utilizes a wavelength of 755 nm.

Advantages of Alexandrite Laser Lithotripsy

  1. A reliable devise
  2. Minimal maintenance required
  3. Protective eye ware causes mild, red/green color confusion but less pronounced than that noticed with Coumarin dye laser
  4. Less likely to damage the ureteral wall
  5. This laser will not melt wires of a basket or guidewire

Suggested readings
Matthias WH, Miller K, Ruschoff J, et al: Alexandrite laser lithotripter in experimental and first clinical application. J Endourol 1991; Vol 5, No 1.

Pearle MS, Sech SM, Cob CG, et al: Safety and efficacy of the Alexandrite laser for the treatment of renal and ureteral calculi. Adult Urol 1988; Elsevier Science, Inc, p 33.

Teichman JMH. Johnson AJ. Yates JT, et al: Color vision deficits during laser lithotripsy using safety goggles. J Urol 19W 159:683-889.

Benizri E, Wodey J, Amtel J, et al: Comparison of 2 pulsed lasers for lithotripsy of ureteral calculi: Report on 154 patients. J Endourol 1993: 160.

Jung P, Wolff J, Mattelaer P, et al: Role of lasertripsy in the management of ureteral calculi: Experience with Alexandrite laser system in 232 patients. J Endourol 1994; 10:4.

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