NITRIC OXIDE AND VASCULAR REACTIVITY IN SEPSIS

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Sepsis and septic shock are major causes of morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. Sepsis and septic shock induce a profound fall in the peripheral vascular tone. NO has been implicated as a key player in vascular changes of sepsis and septic shock. In this brief review, two points are focused in greater detail: first, the involvement of guanylate cyclase and potassium channels in NO vascular effects in sepsis; second, the role played by NO and its two effectors in the long-lasting modifications of vascular reactivity in sepsis. Some recent developments in the area are reviewed.

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