0229 GMT April 22, 2019
Iranian researchers of a domestic new technology-based firm (NTBF) produced esophagus band ligator to prevent the bleeding of esophageal varices in patients suffering from liver failure. The device will soon go into mass production.
Liver failure leads to the development of esophageal varices which are extremely dilated sub-mucosal veins in the lower third of the esophagus, IRNA reported.
People with esophageal varices have a strong tendency to develop bleeding. The disorder, in its severe forms, is fatal.
In many of the cases, they are most often a consequence of portal hypertension — an increase in the blood pressure within a system of veins called the portal venous system — commonly due to cirrhosis, as the body tries to transfer blood to the portal venous system to reduce pressure on central venous.
The main danger of esophageal varices comes from the bursting of the veins and gastrointestinal bleeding. This is very dangerous and requires emergency treatment particularly in people with acute liver diseases.
The Iranian esophagus band ligator was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Dr. Reza Malekzadeh, a deputy health minister, on the sidelines of the 18th Iranian Digestive and Liver Diseases Congress held during October 31-November 2, 2018.
Commenting on the device, the head of Board of Directors of the Iranian NBTF which sponsored the project to produce esophagus band ligator, said production of the equipment was previously monopolized by a number of countries including the US.
Mohammad Amani added Iran imported the device at very high costs.
He noted that it took two years for Iranian researchers and experts to make the device.
Amani said the permit for the mass production of the indigenized device has been issued by the National Medical Device Directorate of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, adding the equipment will soon be distributed in the domestic market at a price three times less than its foreign counterparts.
He noted that the device helps prevent the bleeding of esophageal varices in patients suffering from liver failure and, thus, save their lives.