First in-human burst wave lithotripsy for kidney stone comminution: Initial two case studies

Jonathan D. Harper, Ian Metzler, Michael Kennedy Hall, Tony T. Chen, Adam D. Maxwell, Bryan W. Cunitz, Barbrina Dunmire, Jeff Thiel, James C. Williams, Michael R. Bailey, Mathew D. Sorensen

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Purpose: To test the effectiveness (Participant A) and tolerability (Participant B) of urinary stone comminution in the first-in-human trial of a new technology, burst-wave lithotripsy (BWL). Materials and Methods: An investigational BWL and ultrasonic propulsion system was used to target a 7-mm kidney stone in the operating room before ureteroscopy (Participant A). The same system was used to target a 7.5 mm ureterovesical junction stone in clinic without anesthesia (Participant B). Results: For Participant A, a ureteroscope inserted after 9 minutes of BWL observed fragmentation of the stone to <2 mm fragments. Participant B tolerated the procedure without pain from BWL, required no anesthesia, and passed the stone on day 15. Conclusions: The first-in-human tests of BWL pulses were successful in that a renal stone was comminuted in <10 minutes, and BWL was also tolerated by an awake subject for a distal ureteral stone. Clinical Trial NCT03873259 and NCT02028559.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Burst wave lithotripsy
  • Calculi
  • Lithotripsy
  • Physics
  • Shock wave lithotripsy
  • Ultrasound
  • Urolithiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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