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Chest. 1998 May;113(5):1360-71.

The therapeutic potential of nitric oxide in lung transplantation.

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Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison 53792-3240, USA.


Endogenously produced oxides of nitrogen appear to play important roles in tissue and organ homeostasis. Endogenous production of nitric oxide, which can be altered in response to various stimuli, can modulate vascular tone, oxyradical cascades, cell adhesion, and other aspects of inflammation. Because exogenously administered (inhaled) nitric oxide can mediate pulmonary vasodilatation and improve pulmonary function in some patients with lung injury, treatment of lung allograft recipients with inhaled nitric oxide may ameliorate ischemia-reperfusion injury, thereby improving perioperative pulmonary function and diminishing ventilatory support requirements. This review examines the biology of nitric oxide and present data that support its potential therapeutic effects for lung transplant recipients.

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