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Immunotherapy for Treating Kidney Failure

2013-01-11 14:05

Kidney failure can be caused by various chronic kidney disease and it is the end stage of CKD. Current treatment options for renal failure include dialysis, kidney transplant, Chinese medicines, immunotherapy and on-going gene therapy.

Here we mainly talk about immunotherapy for treating kidney failure. You might not familial with this therapy, but the following explanation can give you a better understanding.

According to immunology, more than 95% kidney diseases are caused by immune disorder and immune dysfunction, immunotherapy is a relatively new treatment based on immunology. It can help achieve the following curative effects---repairing damaged renal tissues, improving kidney functions, regulating immune disorders and enhancing immunity.

As a scientific and systemic treatment, immunotherapy mainly consists of 6 steps---immune diagnosis, immune clearance, immune blockage, immune tolerance, immune regulation and immune protection.

Immune diagnosis can ensure accurate and thorough measuring of severity of renal damages as well as the location, type and even amount of immune complexes in the kidneys so as to provide scientific guidance for more targeted and effective treatment and medicines. Besides conventional urine test, blood test, kidney function test and renal imaging examinations, there are more advanced diagnostic methods, for example protein electrophoresis, special immune technologies.

Immune clearance is to use dialysis and other blood purification techniques like hemofiltration, hemoperfusion to clear excessive accumulation of metabolic wastes and toxins out of the blood so as to create favorable internal environment for following medicines and treatments to take better effects.

Immune blockage and immune tolerance is to suppress abnormal immune inflammatory reactions in the kidneys so as to prevent further renal damages.

Immune regulation and immune protection is to repair renal damages so as to re-build renal structure and recover renal functions.

As for specific medicines and treatments in immunotherapy, it is the combination of Chinese therapy and western therapy. Both Chinese medicines and western medicines have their advantages and indications and immunotherapy make use of advantages of the both so as to significantly enhance the curative effects.

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