Demystifying Medicine Video



Dr. Kim Jones speaks about the problems involved with the development of an implantable artificial kidney.

What could go wrong with an artificial kidney?
  • Blood clots
  • Risks due to blood thinners (anti-coagulants)
  • Neutropenia or loss of platelets
  • Acute inflammation around implant
  • Poor integration or healing
  • Fibrosis around implant
  • Infection
Other topics
  • Are all materials equally bad?
  • How do cells identify a foreign material?
  • What can we do to reduce problems?
  • Is there hope for a successful artificial kidney?
  • Must understand limiting factors and work with the biology

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