Does tamsulosin 0.4 mg daily facilitate passage of distal ureteric calculi ≤ 10 mm?

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Renal colic is a common emergency department (ED) presentation. This is the second major study to look at tamsulosin since the Cochrane review, which concluded that alpha-blockers result in higher stone-free rates. But the trials had significant heterogeneity and a variable risk of bias.

Which, if any, threats to validity are most likely to have an impact on the results and how?

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