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NCI Drug Dictionary

NCI Drug Dictionary

  

hetastarch 
A synthetic, nonionic hydroxyethyl derivative of starch used as a plasma expander when prepared in an isotonic solution. Upon intravenous administration, hydroxyethyl starch colloid increases blood volume and thus improves circulation. This agent is almost exclusively excreted by the kidneys and is potentially nephrotoxic. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent.
Synonyms:hydroxyethyl starch
venofundin
US brand names:Hextend
Voluven
Foreign brand names:Hespan
Volulyte
Abbreviation:HES