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Lithotrity instrument set, Paris, France, 1840-1860

Lithotrity is a procedure where a stone in the bladder is crushed into pieces small enough to be passed out when the patient urinates. This procedure was first performed in the early 1800s. This eighteen-piece instrument set contains all the necessary equipment, including four lithotrities with keys to move the arms of the forceps, catheters and a scoop. The set was made by Charrière, a surgical instrument maker based in Paris, France.

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Glossary: lithotrity

the operation of breaking a stone in the bladder into small pieces to be passed

Glossary: lithotrity instrument set

used to perform lithotrity

Glossary: lithotrite

a mechanical instrument used to crush urinary stones

Glossary: scoop

A long handled spoon like instrument used for scraping parts of the body, or extracting foreign bodies.

Glossary: catheter

A flexible tube, narrow enough to be inserted into the body, where it is used for withdrawing fluids. Most typically used for extracting urine from the bladder.

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