What is the role of artificial surfactant in the treatment of smoke inhalation injury?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Studies on experimental induction of smoke inhalation confirm the presence of an acute surfactant deficiency. Instillation of artificial surfactant shortly after injury was beneficial. Larger studies are needed before instituting such therapy.


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