Steinstrasse [stīn′shtra-se] is the German word for "stone street", describing a possible complication of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for urinary tract calculi, wherein a column of stone fragments forms that blocks the ureter.
History and etymology
The term was coined by Egbert Schmiedt and Christian Chaussy, the German pioneers of ESWL in the 1980s.
- 1. Chaussy C, Schmiedt E, Jocham D, Brendel W, Forssmann B, Walther V. First clinical experience with extracorporeally induced destruction of kidney stones by shock waves. J Urol. 1982 Mar;127(3):417-20. Pubmed citation