In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan who stole the fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind for their use. Zeus then punished him for this crime by having him bound to a rock while a gryphon ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.This story of Prometheus hints to the capability of the liver to regenerate and regain is original size e.g. after a liver resection.
Liver Support Therapy
Today Prometheus would be happy to have artificial liver support, helping him to bridge the time of detoriated liver function by eliminating protein bound substances from the blood. Liver-therapy is a growing market in hepatology and www.liver-products.com gives information on the different approaches of artificial liver support therapy. Extracorporeal liver support devices aim at improving the therapeutical options for liver failure. Prometheus lived too early but today extracorporeal liver support therapy like liver dialysis or bioartificial liver support is available or under development and can be a life-saver during fulminant liver failure and bridge patients, either to functional recovery or to liver transplantation.
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