Natural surfactant helps with ARDS
The United States has about 220,000 cases a year of acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, which deactivates the naturally occurring lung surfactant in patients. That causes a decreased ability to inflate the tiny air sacs in lungs called alveoli. When inadequately inflated, the alveoli cannot totally oxygenate a patient’s blood stream, which can lead to organ failure and other health problems.
Spirrow Therapeutics’ treatment mimics the behavior of the natural surfactant in the lungs to work within the lungs’ processes for inflation and oxygenation. The researchers also believe it is immune to the deactivation effect of ARDS. They say they are not trying to cure ARDS but are providing a way to help until the body begins producing the natural surfactant again and begins using it correctly.
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