Renal milk of calcium: contraindication to extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Renal milk-of-calcium (MOC) cysts are rare findings, with only approximately 60 cases reported in the literature. The diagnosis depends on the demonstration of the typical "half-moon" configuration on horizontal beam radiography; classical ultrasound finding is a gravity-dependent, echogenic shadowy material in a renal cyst. The importance of the MOC syndrome lies in its recognition and differentiation from a renal stone in order to avoid unwarranted surgery or extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL). We have encountered five patients with renal MOC and present the typical clinical and radiological features in order to facilitate differential diagnosis.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Heidenreich, A; Vorreuther, R; Krug, B; Moul, JW; Engelmann, UH

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 102 - 107

PubMed ID

  • 9118405

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1079-3259


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States