New research by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has discovered that certain treatments for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not as helpful to patients as previously thought. While this is not exactly the positive research news we like to hear, it is useful because it will help in informing doctors which treatments to avoid so that they can direct their attention towards treatments that are helpful.
What TBI Treatments Might Be Less Effective Than Expected?
Researchers studied 408 TBI patients in the course of three years. This included 126 patients that received platelet transfusions and desmopressin (DDAVP), which are intended to prevent traumatic intracranial hemorrhaging from progressing. The remaining 282 TBI patients in the study did not receive these treatments. Ultimately, the study found that there was no significant difference between those who received treatment and those who did not.
However, anyone undergoing medical treatment should listen to their doctor. One study does not mean these treatments are ineffective for all. Different treatments work better or worse in different cases, as everyone’s situation is unique.
TBIs are among the most serious accidents that can happen in personal injury cases, such as in car accidents, oil field accidents, on-the-job injuries, motorcycle crashes and many other instances. For this reason, they are often considered a catastrophic injury, which can lead to years of payment for rehabilitation and a lifetime of medical treatments. If your family member’s traumatic brain injury was caused by another person, product or company, you may be able to collect money to pay for these hefty expenses.
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