Dialysis is not easy for everyone involved, but other than transplant, there’s no real other option when it comes to end stage renal failure – until now. The clever people over at UCSF have come up with the beginnings of the first implantable artificial kidney, a micro electromechanical system that might be in use in about five years time.
It’s a two stage system; first, a haemofilter to remove toxins fromt he blood, and then it actually uses live renal tubular cells to do the rest of the work. Not only does this mean less people on dialysis, but also takes the stress off the preciously small transplant list.
By 2020, the world of nephrology might look very different – read more about it over at UCSF here. While you’re thinking about it, update yourself on chronic renal failure here.