Not too long ago, the Liposorber LA-15 System was approved by the FDA for use in pediatric FSGS patients that have tricky cases. This unique device offers a different type of treatment for patients: it cleans the blood of LDL’s, or the “bad cholesterol”.
According to the FDA’s Press Announcement, “The device works by removing certain lipoproteins from the patient’s blood. The patient’s blood is first passed through a plasma filter where the blood cells are separated from plasma (the liquid component of the blood).” The Press Announcement goes on to cite studies that showed positive outcomes of patients that used the Liposorber System, including a study that showed patients excreted less protein after kidney transplant if they had treatment with the Liposorber System (compared to transplant patients that did not receive Liposorber treatment).
Dr. Joshua J. Zaritsky, a pediatric nephrologist at Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE, believes in this innovative treatment option, saying, “I am hopeful we may be onto something with the Liposorber. I am beginning to get the feeling that the excess lipids we see in Nephrotic Syndrome are in themselves toxic to the kidney- this may explain why the machine works and provide another yet unexplored mechanism to help treat Nephrotic Syndrome/FSGS”.
The Liposorber LA-15 System (is in) a post-approval study. If you are interested in learning more- be sure to ask your doctor and read more about the device HERE.