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Nitric oxide helps neonates with respiratory disorder

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1249
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The use of inhaled nitric oxide in premature infants with the respiratory distress syndrome decreases the incidence of chronic lung disease and death, a new study has shown (New Engl J Med 2003;349:2099-107).

    Chronic lung disease remains the primary long term pulmonary complication in premature infants and is associated with pulmonary hypertension as well as difficulty in the ability of infants to form new lung tissue and blood vessels.

    In addition to having impaired growth, infants with chronic lung disease may have poor long term cardiac function, an increased susceptibility …

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