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De kunstlever: klaar voor toepassing bij patiënten? / [(Bio)artificial liver support: ready for the patient?].

Chamuleau, R A F M.
Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd; 123(5): 243-7, 2016 May.
Artigo em Holandês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27166453
In 2016, an intensive-care physician has at his disposal a number of artificial organs for the support of patients with organ failure. Examples are the artificial kidney and the heart-lung machine. Artificial livers are being developed for patients with severe liver failure whose lives can only be saved at the present time by a transplant with a donor liver. These artificial livers are based either on a device that removes toxic materials from the patient's blood with, for example, albumin dialysis, or make use of bio-reactors filled with functioning liver cells, the so-called bio-artificial liver. In theory, the bio-artificial liver has the greatest potential to increase life expectancy. The results of clinical studies are also very promising. They are not yet sufficient, however, to permit general clinical use.
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