Extracorporeal albumin dialysis for acute-on-chronic liver failure or Liver Dialysis

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Mischa
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   Posted 4/20/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had several people mention this to me the last couple of days, I had never heard of Liver Dialysis but apparently there is such a thing. What I dont understand, if there is something available to help keep those waiting for a transplant alive and in a healthy enough condition to recieve a transplant, why in the world is it not being offered or even discussed??? here are some links to information I found about it.

http://www.hepatitis-central.com/hcv/liver/hemotherapies.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_dialysis

http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/ip/IPG045publicinfoenglish.pdf

They even know about it and use it in other countries. Is it just that we havnt been involved with the disease long enough to know about it?
Therese

1Shelly1
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   Posted 4/20/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Mischa, I've never heard of this proceedure but after you posted I looked up the info on the websites you listed. It certainly sounds promising and I wonder why more hasn't been done to promote it. I did notice that one article states it should be done at the onset of diagnosis for the best results. In any case I would ask the Dr about it to see what he has to say. Like everyone else involved with this forum I have found it very frustarting that those in need of transplant have to wait so long. I fully understand that there aren't enough available livers to fill the needs that exist but it surely seems like they could come up with a viable alternative. I am a huge supporter of stem cell research and disappointed that our elected officials do not support it. Other countries are very involved and have high hopes that our failing organs will some day be able to be replaced by regeneration. You provided some real food for thought.
 Shelly
 

“Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

 


Mischa
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 4/21/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
One place I read about the dialysis said that it had been in use in San Antonio at the Texas Medical Center since 1999! As fast as they put new things out and advertise them, you would think, with this being such a critical machine for many, they advertise or at least mention usage for those that are listed and have very listed time to wait.
Therese
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