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View in Spanish: Solución de dornasa alfa para inhalar

Dornase alfa inhalation solution (DOR-nays AL-fuh in-huh-LAY-shun suh-LOO-shun)
A drug given in an aerosol mist to decrease the thickness of mucus in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis. It is also being studied as a treatment to reduce the thickness of saliva in patients being treated for head and neck cancer. Dornase alfa inhalation solution contains an enzyme that breaks the DNA in mucus into small pieces and makes the mucus thinner. Also called Pulmozyme.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.