Published on 17/11/2011
Doctors in London have cured a baby boy of a life threatening disease by using a revolutionary technique to save his liver.
Iyaad Syed was close to death after a virus had caused his liver to fail. Instead of going on the waiting list for a transplant, doctors at King’s College Hospital in London implanted cells into his body which acted like a temporary liver.
The donated liver cells were coated with a chemical found in algae which prevented them from being attacked by the immune system. The cells processed toxins and produced vital proteins, allowing his liver to fully recover.
A key benefit of the technique is that patients will not need to take anti-rejection drugs to suppress their immune system, as they do with a liver transplant.
Andrew Langford Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust said: “This new technique is certainly ground-breaking and we would welcome the results of further clinical trials to see if it could become a standard treatment for both adults and children.”
“After two weeks his own liver had begun to recover.”
The technique is a world first, but scientists now need to determine whether the technique could be used to treat other patients with acute liver failure. The team at King’s emphasise that a large clinical trial is needed to test the effectiveness of the technique.
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