15 February 2011

Liver in Chelyabinsk

Chelyabinsk scientists have invented an artificial liver
The use of a unique invention will prolong the life of people with liver failure.

Yulia Nesterova, especially for the "First Regional"The device is currently undergoing a clinical trial.

The installation does not look like a real human liver, and will not be able to replace the organ. The purpose of the new device is different - to cleanse the patient's body. The blood passes through a special filter and, freed from toxins, returns back.

The procedure, which lasts an average of 2 hours, is somewhat similar to kidney hemodialysis. Only instead of a saline solution, it contains a biological component. It is not washed out, but is constantly cleaned. "The invention of an "artificial" liver will help many patients to wait for transplantation, and in some cases finally recover and no longer need such a complex operation," says Vyacheslav Ryabinin, head of the Artificial Organs and Cells laboratory. With the help of a unique installation, 10 people with acute liver failure have already been operated on.

"The uniqueness of this technology is that donor plasma is not used here, the patient is not at risk of infection," explains the anesthesiologist-resuscitator Yuri Marchenko.

According to Chelyabinsk scientists, there are no analogues of their invention in Russia. They recently they got a patent for it. Scientists plan to improve the device and install a reservoir with pig liver extract in it. From it, useful substances will enter the human body.

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