New technology could remove ‘xylemic’ vessels from kidneys
xylem blood vessels are the vessels that are responsible for transporting nutrients into the kidneys.
These blood vessels have the ability to be modified, with the ability for blood vessels to be replaced with new ones.
In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered a new technique to help these vessels replace diseased ones.
Dr. Michael C. Anderson, one of the authors of the paper, explained how the new technique was used to replace diseasened vessels:”The blood vessels in the kidneys contain cells that are called myocytes.
Myocytes are basically a collection of the cells that live in your cells.
When they die, they are replaced by new cells that do not need the same blood supply.”
The new method for replacing diseased vessels involves removing some of these myocytes from the affected vessel and replacing them with new vessels.
The new vessels then become functional again.
The procedure is not without risks though, as it can lead to damage to the myocytes in the vessels.
However, this new technique has the potential to greatly improve the kidney’s function in the long run, especially for those with kidney disease.
Dr. Anderson said:”It can improve the efficiency of the kidneys in the future, and if we can figure out a way to prevent the myocyte-cell bond breaking, it could help people live longer and get back to full function.”
“This research is an important step forward for patients with renal disease,” Dr. Kaitlyn Bowers, an Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery at the University at Buffalo, said in a statement.
“This study is the first demonstration of a new, efficient and safe treatment for a blood vessel condition.”
Dr Anderson said that his team plans to further study the technique in the next year and are looking to test its effectiveness in treating the kidney disease for patients at risk.