Johns Hopkins University, $5,000

Refractory ascites, fluid buildup in the peritoneal cavity that does not go away after paracentesis, affects 100,000 people in the US. Existing methods to relieve refractory ascites are invasive as well as expensive. Perileve is an implantable pump that will push ascites fluid into the stomach using only the body’s natural pressure fluctuations. The pump’s process of alleviation will help patients live longer, more comfortable lives.

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