Ureteric calculi are not pleasant – painful and with the potential to cause infection, urologists often prescribe alpha blockers such as tamsulosin to help them pass. Question is, does that actually work?
Tamsulosin, which works by selectively relaxing ureteral smooth muscle, is given to help patients pass their stones, and physiologically, it does make sense. Looking at the 129 patients in the study though, the time to passing the stone was actually fairly similar.
One for all the budding urologists out there, but it looks like this is going to need a bigger study to confirm the result – in the meantime, check out this article from the Archives here.
IMAGE: Steven Fruitsmaak