A couple of years ago the news broke about a new wearable dialysis machine about to go into clinical trial that is essentially an artificial kidney for cleansing and regulating levels of uraemic toxins in the blood. The device is worn on a belt around the patient's waist (as pictured).
Now the results of the pilot study undertaken in the United States have been made available. Although the portable artificial kidney functioned reasonably well, the limitations of the current device became apparent during the trial.
The full results of this important proof of concept study are published in the journal JCI Insight and make for interesting reading-
It is also now understood what are the limitations of the current dialysis modalities with respect to the clearance of uraemic toxins and how bioengineered solutions may make the process more efficient on the future. The following research has been published in the journal Nature-