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Simple Ultrasound Treatment can Prevent Acute Kidney Injury

by Sheela Philomena on  August 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM Research News   - G J E 4
A simple ultrasound-based therapy may prevent acute kidney injury that arises after major surgery, shows research.
 Simple Ultrasound Treatment can Prevent Acute Kidney Injury
Simple Ultrasound Treatment can Prevent Acute Kidney Injury
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Mark Okusa, MD, Joseph Gigliotti, PhD, University of Virginia, and their colleagues found that a drug-free, noninvasive, ultrasound-based treatment could prevent acute kidney injury in mice.

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When they exposed anesthetized mice to ultrasound with a routine clinical imaging system 24 hours prior to blood disruption to the kidneys, the mice exhibited preserved kidney health after blood flow was restored.

In contrast, sham-treated mice exhibited significant kidney injury. Further analyses revealed that the ultrasound treatment likely stimulated an anti-inflammatory response that originated from the spleen and was responsible for protecting the kidneys.

The study is published in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

Source: ANI
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