Current dialysis systems are not perfect
considering the low efficacy and cumbersome process of actual practice. To
overcome these shortcomings, bioartificial kidneys using renal tubule cells and
wearable dialysis are promising ESRD treatments available in the near future.
Toward clinical application, however, there are so many obstacles for
commercial use of them. In this review, current status of bioartificial kidneys
such as the renal tubule cell assist device (RAD) and wearable dialysis devices
is presented with the comparison to show the advantages and disadvantages.
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