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Clinical Need 2017-06-07T19:41:16+00:00

Clinical Need

Kite medical has developed a novel device to address a clear unmet need in a hugely under-served market. The device offers a pain-free, non-invasive means of detecting Kidney Reflux in children with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), thereby dramatically reducing (by approximately 92%) the need for a traumatizing, expensive Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG) procedure.

Kidney Reflux, involving reflux of urine from the bladder to the kidneys, known clinically as Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) is prevalent in up to 3% of the paediatric population and in 30% to 40% of children presenting with UTIs. The consequences of missed diagnosis are severe, with more than one-third of UK kidney transplant patients having undiagnosed or untreated kidney reflux in childhood. Diagnosing of VUR in children presenting with UTIs requires referral to a radiologist for a VCUG. The VCUG is traumatizing, painful and carries risks of UTIs, bladder spasm, painful urination post procedure and radiation exposure.

Technology

Kite’s technology comprises a lightweight, ergonomic control box attached to a single use belt, fitted around the child’s waist. Changes within the kidneys are monitored allowing the physician to monitor and detect VUR.