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Issue number 29.2 Other Scientific

Minimally invasive bladder urolith removal

Published 19/09/2019

Written by Marilyn Dunn

Also available in Français , Deutsch , Italiano and Español

Minimally invasive options for removal of uroliths are now the standard of care in human medicine, and similar methods are finding increasing application in veterinary medicine, as Marilyn Dunn describes.

Minimally invasive bladder urolith removal

Key Points

Uroliths should always be removed from the urinary tract in the least invasive manner possible.


Struvite uroliths in cats and dogs can be dissolved within a short time period, and dissolution should be considered before more interventional techniques.


The minimally invasive technique chosen is tailored for an individual patient based on its size and gender, as well as the number and size of the stones.


Urolith analysis is essential in order to instigate proper preventative measures to reduce urolith recurrence. 


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