Many patients are weighing the idea of taking part in being considered for the highly anticipated Artificial Implantable Kidney Human Trials. If successful, the device could revolutionize the Chronic Kidney Disease Community and give hundreds-of-thousands of patients a fuller and higher quality of life away from traditional Dialysis Treatment. However, a major question and concern for many patients was how much "kidney function" can the man-made kidney offer and is it enough to enjoy a full life? While previous estimates have been only approximately 15% clearance, new findings for anticipated GFR are showing an even higher value which is making the device that much more appealing to those nearing or on Dialysis.
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is a test used to check how well the kidneys are working. Specifically, it estimates how much blood passes through the kidney each minute. As a rule of thumb, most well functioning traditional Kidney Transplants maintain a GFR of approximately 50%, according to Kidney Transplant Recipients familiar with the process. That said, some patients have and maintain transplants at lower percent clearance as well. Traditional Dialysis has an equivalent toxin clearance of approximately 15% for the average patient.
That is why news that the Artificial Implantable Kidney may have a GFR value of 20-30% is very exciting for many anxiously awaiting a fuller life off of the Dialysis Machine. It is still important to note that official clearance levels will not be confirmed until they have completed Human Trials.
The Artificial Implantable Kidney is hoping to start Human Trials this year, but are currently awaiting university approval and further funding. If successful the artificial device "will be associated with over 50% cost savings compared to Dialysis and, as such, we anticipate that the device will be attractive to those considering coverage decisions," said the Artificial Implantable Kidney Research Team.
KidneyBuzz.com will continue to keep you up-to-date on the latest about the Artificial Implantable Kidney and other breakthroughs. What would the Artificial Implantable Kidney mean to you if it were to become available for market release? Are you signed up to be considered for Human Trials?
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