Jun 6, 2015 12:49 AM

American Samoa dialysis clinic reopens after 2-day closure

The Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) American Samoa's only dialysis clinic has reopened after a product recall forced its closure.

LBJ Medical Center says the clinic reopened Friday afternoon and began treating patients who require dialysis. The clinic shut down Wednesday after the hospital learned of a recall of a solution used in its machines. A fresh supply arrived to the island Friday.

Those being treated are patients who had appointments scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday. Regularly scheduled appointments are expected to resume Monday.

Dr. Anjay Rastogi, director of the dialysis program at the University of California, Los Angeles, says dialysis treatment is time-sensitive, and how long a patient can go without it depends on factors such as age.

He says some patients can go a week, but some with no kidney function can go only a few days.


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