A discovery has recently been made in the treatment of brain injuries.
In an article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, titled “Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury with Hypothermia”, researchers have found that mild hypothermia (cold temperature) can be beneficial when applied to victims of traumatic brain injury.
In a traumatic brain injury, the brain swells and thus exacerbates the injury. When mild hypothermia is applied, however, the outcome is similar to that of an iced black eye; the swelling is diminished, and the injury heals faster and better.
The study was conducted as follows: There were two groups of patients. The first group was treated for their injuries normally, and the second group was treated with the addition of hypothermia. The second group’s treatment involved lowering the body temperature to 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) within 10 hours of injury. The patient was kept at that temperature for 24 hours and then brought back to their normal body temperature (918.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
The conclusions of the study are very encouraging. 12 months after treatment, 62% of the patients in the “hypothermia” group had good outcomes, while only 32% of the patients in the normal treatment group achieved the same.
Click on the following link for more information: www.nejm.org
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