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Nitric Oxide Inhalation May Prevent Dangerous Infant Lung Condition

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July 25, 2000
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Massachusetts General Hospital
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Inhalation of nitric oxide (NO) gas, a therapy that has significantly improved treatment of several life-threatening diseases, also may prevent the development of pulmonary vascular disease, a dangerous condition that can affect about one of every 500 infants: specifically those who are born prematurely or who have congenital heart defects.

Inhalation of nitric oxide (NO) gas, a therapy that has significantly improved treatment of several life-threatening diseases, also may prevent the development of pulmonary vascular disease, a dangerous condition that can affect about one of every 500 infants: specifically those who are born prematurely or who have congenital heart defects. In the July issue of Circulation Research, investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report that inhaled NO kept infant rats with lung injury from developing pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) by interfering with the basic process underlying the disorder, an overgrowth of cells in the walls of the pulmonary arteries. There currently is no way to prevent PVD in at-risk infants, and treatments for the condition are not very effective.


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