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Use of tamsulosin in patients with urinary calculi to increase spontaneous stone passage

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Report by Brook Woolley, Emergency Medicine Resident

Checked by Jeffrey Jones, Research Director


A short cut review was carried out to establish whether tamsulosin enhances the chances of spontaneous stone expulsion in renal colic. Thirty-five papers were found using the reported searches, of which two (a meta-analysis and one further randomised controlled trial) presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these papers are presented in table 3. …

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