A new pump is being developed by researchers that could prevent patients with liver damage from undergoing transplants.
The Researchers, who have been trailing the technology on a group of patients with severe alcohol-related liver failure at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, have found patients' liver damage can be reversed, Sky News reported.
AdvertisementWhen patients suffer from liver disease, fluid builds up in the abdomen, but this device is implanted under the skin and pumps the liquid out and into the bladder. It is then removed naturally when the patient goes to the toilet.
The pump removes around 10-15ml of fluid from the abdomen every 15 minutes and can remove four litres of fluid every day at its maximum.