Implantable Artificial Lungs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/13/08

Implantable Artificial Lungs

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Scientists have developed an implantable artificial lung that could give patient's more time while they wait for a donor.  Even better, the implantable lung, developed at the University of Michigan, allows the patient to live at home and remain fairly mobile.

That's important because the later transplant would have a better success rate in a patient who is still basically in good shape. Another big benefit is that the implantable lung can be left in place after the transplant, allowing the donor lung more time to heal and become fully functional.

At least it works in animals. Researchers are hopeful that human studies can begin within three years.

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