Ultrasounds Tackle Acute Kidney Injuries
Acute Kidney Injuries (AKI) usually occurs after a major
surgery when the kidneys suddenly stop working. It’s considered a potentially
severe condition, and there have previously been no ways to prevent it, and it’s
difficult to treat when found.
Mark Okusa and Joseph Gigliotti from the University of Virginia used ultrasound imaging as a simple, nontoxic nor invasive treatment for the prevention of AKI.
The researchers believe that the ultrasound stimulates the spleen, which then elicits an anti-inflammatory response that protects the kidneys. These treatment may work on other post-surgery complications as well, such as lung, heart, and liver damage.
This innovative way to treat AKI can have a serious effect on patients quality of life while also saving the patient healthcare costs down the line as well as lowering the risk of death following the surgery.
However, the study is still in the beginning stages. Okusa and Gigliotti have used groups of mice, giving them a simple ultrasound 24 hours before they hindering the blood flow to the kidneys. They found that “the health of the animals’ kidneys had been preserved.”
For more information about the study, you can read the full article from Medical News Today here.