New Delhi: Nephrologists at St. Michael`s Hospital have found more evidence of the benefits of home dialysis for patients with kidney failure.
Cells that help protect blood vessels work better in patients who undergo dialysis at home during the night than those who undergo standard daytime dialysis in a hospital, according to Dr. Darren Yuen.
This is important for patients with kidney failure, which causes damage to the endothelial cells that line blood vessels and help control the flow of blood. While standard dialysis in hospital is helpful for treating kidney failure, many patients still develop blood vessel damage that can lead to problems with walking or even amputation.
Yuen compared patients who receive home dialysis at night with patients receiving standard dialysis three times a week in hospital. He found that endothelial progenitor-like cells (EPLCs)- found in bone marrow and in the blood- from patients receiving home dialysis promoted new blood vessel growth better than EPLCs from patients on standard hospital dialysis.
The study has been published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.