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Medical treatment helps the passage of ureteric stones

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-e

Research question Can drugs expel ureteric stones?

Answer Yes. α adrenergic antagonists and calcium channel antagonists both help to expel stones in the lower third of the ureter

Why did the authors do the study? Ureteric stones are common, and those that don't pass spontaneously are usually treated with surgery or lithotripsy, both of which are expensive and associated with a moderate risk of complications or treatment failure. These authors wanted to review the growing evidence that drugs such as calcium channel blockers or α adrenergic antagonists encourage stones to pass without the need for other interventions.

What did they do? …

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