Renal Replacement Therapy: A Future Option for Horses?
When a person or small animal’s kidneys are injured, stressed, or fail, renal replacement therapy can create a life-saving bridge until kidney function recovers (or, in some human cases, a donor organ is secured). In horses similar treatment generally isn’t an option, and renal failure is devastating.
To investigate the possibility of developing a viable solution for horses suffering kidney injury or disease, David M. Wong, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, in Ames, decided to investigate the use of renal replacement therapy in equids.
He presented the results of his study, “Renal Replacement Therapy in the Horse: A Viable Clinical Option?” at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum held June 12-15 in Seattle, Wash.
Renal Replacement, the Cliff Notes
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