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Does long-term oxygen therapy cause surfactant deficiency?

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Dr. J. C. DiGiacomo
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Only high concentrations of oxygen, above 70%, for an extended period of time, measured in days, will cause long term pulmonary injury. Routine medical oxygen therapy, such as that for copd, is highly unlikely to influence surfactant.
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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 50 years experience
It depends...: ....On oxygen concentration and degree of exposure. There is no question that 100% oxygen can damage surfactant. But, i doubt whether usual nasal o2 of 1-2 li/min will. The less frequent one uses o2 rx, the safer it is for surfactant. However, there maybe other reasons for surfactant deficiency.
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Last updated May 26, 2016

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