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Methods To Repair Kidney Cells, Assess Kidney Function On The Horizon

Researchers may have found a way to block kidney-destroying inflammation and help damaged kidney cells recover.

In a related study, they report progress on a non-invasive method to assess how much kidney function has survived a serious bout of inflammation or a chronic problem like high blood pressure.

The diagnostic tool could help physicians make hard choices about whether a patient has enough kidney function left to benefit from treatment or whether dialysis or a transplant is in their future, said Dr. Michael P. Madaio, nephrologist and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

If the kidneys can be saved, this approach could also aid optimal delivery of drugs directly to ailing kidney filters.

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