TITLE

In vitro performance characteristics of a high-flux hemodialyzer with a novel polyester-polymer-alloy (PEPA) membrane

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, M D; Mahiout, A
PUB. DATE
March 2002
SOURCE
Perfusion;Mar2002 Supplement, Vol. 17 Issue 2S, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Despite improvements in hemodialyzers with respect to their clearance of middle and high molecular mass molecules, accumulation of specific solutes in the circulation of dialysis patients continues to be a medical problem. A new membrane material, polyester-polymer alloy (PEPA) which has been developed to have a filtration profile akin to that of the natural kidney, is now being used in hemodialyzers. This study evaluates the performance of a PEPA-based hemodialyzer alongside a selection of available competing high-flux dialyzers using official standardized methods. The new membrane material appears to be a viable alternative which offers performance at least as good as that of the competition. The promising results obtained with the PEPA membrane suggest that a detailed clinical performance study should be undertaken.
ACCESSION #
54537875

 

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