New hope for emphysema suffers
Assignment Topic: New hope for emphysema suffers
Emphysema is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that is common in cigarette smokers. The alveoli within the lungs where gas exchange occurs are progressively damaged and scarred, leading to scarring of the alveolar capillaries. This dramatically reduces the ability of the lungs to provide oxygen to the tissues of the body and also to excrete carbon dioxide wastes.
A new drug in clinical trials that is administered intravenously in patients is called Peroxyema. It has shown significant improvements in the oxygenation rate in emphysema sufferers. Peroxyema consists of hydrogen peroxide coupled to a carrier molecule. The hydrogen peroxide breaks down to form oxygen and water in the blood, and the non-toxic carrier molecule is excreted in the urine.
A) Using your knowledge of normal physiology, please explain the series of events that are likely to occur following overdose of this experimental medication.
B) Also using your knowledge of normal and abnormal physiology, please logically discuss three other potential adverse side effects not listed above of this medication.
This is a new experimental drug, so you will not find a great deal of information about it on the internet or in medical journals. Instead, you will need to use your knowledge of normal and abnormal physiology to logically argue the consequences of this medication.