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Title: Non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema in vascular surgery.
Authors: Pararajasingam, R
Nicholson, ML
Bell, PR
Sayers, RD
First Published: Feb-1999
Citation: EUR J VASC ENDOVASC SURG, 1999, 17 (2), pp. 93-105
Abstract: Non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema, an early manifestation of the adult respiratory disease syndrome, is a serious complication following major vascular surgery. Hypovolaemia, ischaemia-reperfusion injury, massive blood transfusion, transient sepsis and transient endotoxaemia are insults responsible for initiating the process in vascular surgical patients. Free radicals, cytokines and humoral factors released secondary to the above insults activate neutrophils and facilitate their interaction with the endothelium. Activated neutrophils marginate through the endothelium where they are responsible for tissue injury by the release of free-radicals and proteases. The lungs are a large reservoir of neutrophils and bear a significant part of the injury. Conventional therapy includes treating the underlying condition and providing respiratory support. A better understanding of the pathophysiology of this process has led to new experimental treatment options. Novel therapeutic interventions have included the use of compounds to scavenge free radicals, anti-cytokine antibodies, extracorporeal lung support, nitric oxide and artificial surfactant therapy. The multifactorial nature of this process makes it unlikely that a single "magic bullet" will solve this problem. It is more likely that a combination of preventative, prophylactic and therapeutic modalities may reduce the mortality of this condition.
DOI Link: 10.1053/ejvs.1998.0750
ISSN: 1078-5884
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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