Cells That Help Protect Blood Vessels Work Better in Patients on Home Dialysis

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have discovered that special cells found in bone marrow and blood do a better job of promoting blood vessel growth in nocturnal home hemodialysis patients than in patients undergoing dialysis in a hospital setting. Longer and more frequent nightly dialysis sessions greatly reduce the amount of toxins in the blood and this may explain why these EPLC cells (short for “early-outgrowth endolethial progenitor-like” cells) work better. The researchers believe that nocturnal home hemo may help patients with blood vessel damage avoid complications such as amputation and decreased mobility.


New Evidence of the Benefits of Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients, St. Michael’s Hospital, July 21, 2011

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