Nitric oxide production by the alveolar compartment of the lungs in cirrhotic patients.

Abstract

In cirrhotic patients, alveolar nitric oxide (NO) concentration is increased. This may be secondary to increased output of NO produced by the alveoli (V'(A,NO)) and/or to decreased lung transfer factor of NO. In advanced liver cirrhosis, NO produced by the alveoli may play a role in abnormalities of pulmonary haemodynamics and gas exchanges. In cirrhotic… (More)
DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00148008

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