chapter  25
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Perfluorocarbons and Acute Lung Injury

WithBradley P. Fuhrman

Interest in perfluorocarbon liquids, as a means to ventilate the lung, grew

out of Leland Clark’s discovery that mice can breathe these oxygen solvents without mechanical assistance (1). But perfluorocarbon liquids may prove

most valuable to patients with respiratory failure because of their unantici-

pated anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.