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Perfluorocarbons Having a Short Dwell Time in the Liver

Science  17 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4100, pp. 680-682
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4100.680

Abstract

Perfluorinated organic liquids are useful as high capacity oxygen and carbon dioxide solvents. After intravenous infusion most of these perfluorinated emulsions are deposited in the liver and spleen in a matter of days, where they remain for the lifetime of the animal. Hence, while they may be useful as isolated organ perfusion media their value as artificial blood is limited. A family of perfluorocarbons has now been discovered, which, although deposited in the liver after circulation in the blood, leave the liver to be excreted via the lungs and skin in a matter of days without apparent harmn to the animal.

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