Is ESWL recommended in all cases of kidney stones?

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) works best for stones smaller than 10 mm, located in the kidney or high in the ureter. Stones low in the ureter (near the pelvis and bladder) don't usually respond well to ESWL treatment. Some stones, such as monohydrate and cystine, are too hard to break with ESWL and require other treatment.

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