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Revolutionary treatment saves life of baby with liver failure

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.

Patients with private medical insurance often have access to new drugs and treatments too expensive for use on the NHS. Compare health insurance policies online now to gain peace of mind about your future health.

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