2M9GRJH Doctor examines patient with prolapse of left kidney and spleen using ultrasound probe

Stimulating a nerve in the spleen could treat a rare lung condition with limited long-term therapies

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Ultrasound therapy could treat a rare lung condition that raises blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs and heart and can lead to heart failure.

The condition, called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is caused in part by inflammation, which can thicken and constrict blood vessels. Previous research in people without underlying health conditions demonstrated stimulating a nerve in the spleen with ultrasound waves could suppress inflammation.

Stavros Zanos at the Feinstein Institutes…

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