Perfluorocarbons: future clinical possibilities

J Invest Surg. 1997 Nov-Dec;10(6):357-65. doi: 10.3109/08941939709099599.


Perfluorocarbons are now being used as oxygen carriers in clinical settings. Because these chemicals may have a role as a blood substitute, in organ preservation, and in the management of respiratory failure, we have reviewed some of the research leading to these applications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Blood Substitutes / therapeutic use
  • Brain Ischemia / drug therapy
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Fluorocarbons / adverse effects
  • Fluorocarbons / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Mononuclear Phagocyte System / drug effects
  • Oxygen / pharmacokinetics*
  • Respiration


  • Blood Substitutes
  • Fluorocarbons
  • Oxygen