Development of a nanotechnology-based dialysis device

Yoshihiko Kanno, Norihisa Miki

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Over 300,000 patients who need renal replacement therapy in our country are struggling to cope with daily life restrictions and complications because of dialysis therapy. They have to spend 3 half days a week for hemodialysis therapy which accounts for 95% of all renal replacement therapies in Japan. Moreover, they also have to be afraid of many complications associated with dialysis. Although these complications mostly arise from the shortage of dialysis quantity, we have been unable to improve the hemodialysis therapy system using extracorporeal circulation. Recently, we clinically investigated long-term dialysis therapies - one was a home-dialysis system and the other a portable dialysis system. We have also developed a very small dialysis device using nanotechnology, considering an implantable artificial kidney instead of transplantation in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHome Dialysis in Japan
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Status
EditorsHiromichi Suzuki
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May

Publication series

NameContributions to Nephrology
ISSN (Print)0302-5144

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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