Will hormone help victims of traumatic brain injury in Colorado

One of the most complex injuries that a person in Denver County can experience is a brain injury and every year, 1.7 million people in the United States suffer from one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the second leading cause of a traumatic brain injury is car accidents at 17.3 percent. Falling is the leading cause at 35.2 percent.

The complexity of a TBI

Any kind of brain injury can be complex and this is especially true when it comes to TBIs. The Brain Injury Association of America states that each brain injury is unique and will affect a person in different ways. Unlike other injuries, such as a broken arm which can be treated with the same medical procedures, a brain injury can cause minor issues for some people and serious ones for others, depending on where it is located, its cause and how serious the injury is.

The human brain is still a mystery to scientists and the lack of information means that any brain cell damage caused by a TBI is often permanent. This is because there is no set procedure for doctors to use on patients other than therapy that works with the effects of the injury instead of targeting the injury itself.

Hormone treatment for TBI

New research is being conducted to see whether a hormone, known as progesterone, can treat patients who have suffered a TBI. According to KBAC, the hormone, which is produced naturally in men and women, has the ability to reduce swelling in the brain, prevent cells from dying and rebuild the blood-brain barrier that is often damaged in a brain injury.

Currently it is in a phase three clinical trial. Here are the facts about the hormone trial:

  • The hormone is being given to some patients, while a placebo is used on others participating in the trial.
  • The patients do not know whether they received the hormone or the placebo.
  • The hormone must be given within eight hours of the injury.
  • The hormone treatment is continued for five consecutive days.
  • Researchers use six months after the treatment as the endpoint of the trial.
  • 21 countries, using 150 sites, are participating in the trial.

If the clinical trial is successful, it could lead to production of the hormone and the first treatment method that doctors can use on victims of TBIs. Researchers hope that the hormone can improve disability, long and short-term, as well as increase a patient's survival rate.

Victims of brain injuries, sustained in accidents, should speak to an attorney in their area about compensation to cover future medical expenses as well as disability challenges.