Scientists find possible treatment for TBI

20 February 2012

An innovative drug could offer hope to those who have sought a brain scan in order to cure the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Researchers at Detroit's Wayne State University School of Medicine have determined that the drug clazosentan has already been successful in shielding rats from the harmful damage that TBI can cause.

In order to determine the results that the drug can have on a person's mind, the team gave a group of rats the treatment through an intravenous line at several different points after first developing the condition.

Monitoring the rats after this treatment revealed that clazosentan cut the effects of TBI on the animal's blood flow to the hippocampus by 25 per cent just four hours after the rat first showed signs of the injury.

Michael Kaufman, an author of the research and student at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, pointed out: "There are currently no primary treatments for TBI, so this research provides hope that effective treatments can be developed."

TBI affects around 1.7 million individuals each year, with 52,000 people dying as a result of the condition, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.
 

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:

or

Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.

or

Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...

Categories

Diagnostic imaging

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)