Participants in the study are trying to determine if Tranexamic Acid, also called TXA, will stop brain bleeding in patients with brain injuries. TXA is FDA-approved to stop bleeding and has already been used by the Department of Defense for combat injuries. Some doctors believe the medication may be able to stop bleeding in the brain, too.
Regions Hospital treats 200 patients a year with traumatic brain injury, according to CBS Minnesota. The traditional way to treat brain bleeding is to operate on the patient, removing a portion of the skull to isolate and clamp the bleeding area. It’s the equivalent of a tourniquet for the brain, except it requires major surgery and can’t be performed by paramedics.
If the TXA study is successful, the way brain bleeding is treated could change dramatically. Doctors agree that patients with TBI have the best chance of recovery with early detection and treatment. TXA could be administered by paramedics in the field, drastically reducing the amount of time a brain is being damaged by bleeding.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 alone, 2.5 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries. Auto accidents and falls are by far the most common causes of TBI. Unfortunately, the TXA study comes too late for many who have already suffered a severe brain injury from a car accident or fall. One of the reasons researchers are working so hard to find early intervention mechanisms is because TBI can cause long-term or even permanent disabilities including impaired processing of information and communication.
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