Tamsulosin Effective as Expulsion Therapy for 5- to 10-mm Distal Ureteric Stones
Am Fam Physician. 2016 May 1;93(9):788a-789.
Is tamsulosin (Flomax) effective in the management of distal ureteric stones?
Tamsulosin promotes stone passage of ureteric stones that are 5 to 10 mm. Five patients would need to be treated with tamsulosin to cause the expulsion of one such stone. Stones smaller than 5 mm have a high rate of spontaneous passage without any intervention. (Level of Evidence = 1b −)
These authors recruited adult patients who presented to the emergency department with symptoms and imaging consistent with distal ureteric stones. Patients with fever, hypotension, stones larger than 10 mm, or kidney disease were excluded. Using concealed
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