Pharmacotherapy for pulmonary hypertension

Steinhorn, R. H.

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Oct 6; 59(5):1129-46

Abstract

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a serious disease with significant morbidity and mortality. Although it can occur idiopathically, it is more commonly associated with other cardiac or lung diseases. While most of the available therapies have been tested in adult populations and most therapies in children remain off-label, new reports and randomized trials are emerging that inform the treatment of pediatric populations. This review discusses currently available therapies for pediatric pulmonary hypertension, their biological rationales, and evidence for their clinical effectiveness.

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