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Kidney Damage Could Be Revealed With New Method

By Rodney Rafols , Feb 11, 2017 01:34 AM EST
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Diagnosing for kidney damage could be a long and complex process. A new method developed could make the process much simpler. Kidney damage can now be revealed with a new method.

Researchers from Aarhus University have made a new method that could diagnose kidney damage with less time. With the new method, diagnosis can be made in as little as 45 minutes. The new method is said to be quick and precise for patients.

Diagnosis is done by taking blood or urine sample with the help of the enzyme fumarase. A scan would also be made to know where exactly the kidney damage is. Fumarase is an enzyme that is released by cells when the damage has been done from the outside.

Fumarase level depends on how much injury has been taken by the kidney. More fumarase means that there is greater injury, as explained by Per Mose Nielsen, one of the co-authors of the study and a Ph.D. student at Aarhus University. Through the new method devised, knowing where the damage has been made would be easier by looking at where fumarase levels are high.

The study so far has focused mainly on lab rats, according to Science Daily. The researchers hope to have the new method tested on human patients. So far the closest the research as gone is to test blood and urine samples from patients.

Nielsen hopes that the next step would be to put patients on the scanner for testing, as Eureka Alert reports. That would determine how effective would the new method be. The samples taken so far have also been from people on dialysis.

With the new method, it would then be much easier for doctors to analyze kidney damage. It would also won't take too long for them to get a diagnosis, which can be critical in kidney damage. Knowing where exactly the damage has been would help doctors in giving the proper treatment to patients as well.

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