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Wearable Kidney Results Offer Hope to Those Tied to Dialysis

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 10:36 AM

A wearable artificial kidney has undergone a new round of testing, and the results bode well for those who usually have to sit for hours-long bouts of dialysis.

"As a physician who cares for patients with kidney disease, it is my hope that in the future we have something better to offer than we do today for dialysis therapy," Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb of the University of Washington told Reuters

Himmelfarb and the team developing the wearable medical device recently tested it with 11 patients with end-stage kidney disease. Each participant had been on dialysis for an average of 15 months.

Five of the 11 patients completed the planned 24-hour treatment period, while others had to stop early.

Clotting in the blood circuit, battery replacements, and blood circuit gas bubbles were cited as reasons the treatment was temporarily interrupted or stopped altogether.

The findings were first published in JCI Insight on Thursday. 

The trail was an expanded follow up to a previous trail.

ABC News reported in November that the wearable artificial kidney was tested on seven patients, all of whom were kept at the hospital for the 24-hour treatment.

One of the trial patients, Chuck Lee, 73, of Bothell, Washington, said he thought the device allowed him more free time and more options for his diet. Dialysis patients are usually instructed to steer clear of foods high in phosphorus or potassium, but the trial allowed Lee to eat more freely.

"During the trial I ate whatever felt like eating. I ate Cheetos all night long," Lee said. "It was just like, 'Gosh, this is so great.'"

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