Liver Hemodialysis Definition

Liver Hemodialysis is a treatment for acute LIVER FAILURE that employs extracorporeal (out-of-thebody) filtration of the BLOOD to remove the toxins the liver otherwise would metabolize.

LIVER hemodialysis is currently of limited availability and remains largely an investigational treatment. Two procedures are in use, the extracorporeal liver assist device (ELAD) and the bioartificial liver. Each uses a biological approach (cultured human cells or porcine cells) to emulate the functions of the liver’s hepatocytes (the cells in the liver that filter the blood). These methods provide a “bridge” of limited filtration until liver transplantation becomes possible.

See also CARDIAC ENZYMES; VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES (VADS).

Liver Hemodialysis – treatment for acute liver failure
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