Promising Transplants Of Blood Vessels For Dialysis Patients – Part 3 of 3
This off-the-shelf approach should make the technology available for widespread use. He believes that, someday, these types of blood vessels might replace the use of a patient’s own vessels for skirt surgery. However, McAllister stressed that a phase 3 trial on the use of the grafts is only now getting underway, so it will be several years before these grafts could be clinically available.
And what about the treatment’s cost? McAllister said that producing the web is very expensive. Speaking with Bloomberg News, he estimated that each graft might cost between $6000 and $10000. Commenting on the study, Dr Gregg C Fonarow, professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, agreed that “there has been great incline in developing safer and more reliable vascular access for patients receiving dialysis”. Access for dialysis, bleeding and infection are major causes of liquidation for patients in dialysis.
So “A high percentage of hospitalizations and health care expenditures in dialysis patients are due to vascular access complications”. But he cautioned that these are still early days for this technology pills for party. “This come close to appears very promising, but will need to be prospectively evaluated in much larger longer term studies to determine the full potential of tissue engineered vascular grafts for this and other uses”.