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Kidney and bladder health

27 January 2011

Stroke drug may prevent dialysis catheter infections

Replacing blood-thinner heparin with a clot-dissolving stroke drug in dialysis catheters once a week may reduce catheter malfunctions and infections, according to new research.

Replacing the commonly used blood-thinner heparin with a clot-dissolving stroke drug in dialysis catheters once a week may reduce the incidence of catheter malfunctions and infections, according to new research.

Results of the study are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and funding for the study was provided by Hoffmann-La Roche, a manufacturer of rt-PA.

 

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