Brain Injury Victims May Not Benefit from Hypothermia Treatment

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that there is currently no treatment that can reverse the damage caused by a traumatic brain injury. The only options that doctors have is to stabilize the victim as soon as possible to prevent further damage to brain cells from occurring. Trauma to the brain is one of the most complicated injuries that people in Dallas can suffer. Researchers continue searching for treatments to help victims and one that was recently studied was hypothermia.

The global study involved 18 countries and 387 adult patients who had a certain amount of intracranial pressure and a traumatic brain injury. The patients were divided into two control groups. One group was administered a cooled injection of sodium chloride to induce hypothermia as well as other treatments if the patients did not seem to respond. The other control group was not given additional treatments.

However, while the study was intended to examine a larger number of patients, researchers realized that those in the groups were being harmed by the treatments. Many patients showed lower outcomes for functioning and the death rate of these patients rose after they were administered the hypothermia treatment. As a result, the study was cut short. The results of the study were reminiscent of earlier studies that had been conducted.

A serious brain injury can leave patients permanently unable to work, care for themselves and facing financial challenges. These injuries are often irreversible and have been connected to future health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s. Therefore, if people have suffered a brain injury through a work accident or negligence, they may find it beneficial to meet with a personal injury attorney.

Source: Medscape, “Hypothermia for Intracranial Hypertension After TBI Harmful,” Megan Brooks, Oct. 8, 2015

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