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Pulmonary Hypertension

Medicine to melt scar tissue?

02/12/2009

Question:

My mother has lupus and it has severely scarred her lungs and is starting to scar the pulmonary artery that goes from the lung to the heart ( I think that is correct?) I saw on a medical show that a woman had a tube inserted into the artery to deliver medicine to melt away the scar tissue. Is this an accurate treatment and what is it called?

Answer:

The medication you are talking about is for high pressure in the vessels in the lung. Two medications can be delivered like this: flolan and Remodulin. They are not for scarring in the lung. You should discuss this further with her lung doctor

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Response by:

Namita   Sood, MD, FCCP Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University