The kidney of an 83-year-old man was "rejuvenated”And adapted to be transplanted into a much younger patient: the very successful and innovative experiment took place in Milan, precisely at the Milan Polyclinic Hospital.
The recipient of the new organ is a 53-year-old patient with renal polycystosis, a serious hereditary disease. The #organisms for years, they had never been suitable for transplantation, but now the turning point has occurred. The kidneys of an elderly person may not be fully functional, but what if they were artificially rejuvenated?
The kidney has been rejuvenated thanks to renal perfusion machines (LifePort) recently available in the Milanese facility. In this way the kidney has become more efficient ("reconditioned", in medical jargon) and therefore suitable for transplantation.
«A wide range of cases shows how connecting the kidneys taken to these machines greatly improves the transplant success, reducing the need for dialysis in the postoperative period, decreasing the period of hospitalization and successfully using resources that otherwise would not be considered »said Mariano Ferraresso, director of the Kidney Transplant Unit at the Polyclinic.