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Some Hormones May Help Reduce Brain Swelling in TBI Patients

In past blogs I’ve talked about what happens to the brain when it suffers an injury. For example, my last post on the subject was about how brain cells at the site of impact die and release toxic substances that cause the death of more cells if left untreated. In that post I talked about how scientists have devised a way of using the negative pressure generated by a microcomputer controlled vacuum pump to extract those deadly chemicals.

Estrogen Hormones Can Help Too

In an effort to help reduce the swelling of the brain after an injury, scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have discovered that estrone, one of three naturally occurring estrogen hormones in the human body, has important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics.

Dr. Joshua Gatson, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas headed the research that proved the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities of estrone after the occurrence of a traumatic brain injury. The study was conducted on male rats comparing 0.5 mg of estrone with a placebo administered within 30 minutes of the brain injury. The results showed that the estrogen hormone is involved in promoting cell survival.

The toxic substances released by the dead cells around the area of the injury cause the brain to swell. As the brain swells within the confines of the skull, the veins and arteries that bring oxygen to the head are constricted, causing oxygen deprivation that kills more cells. If doctors allow the cycle to continue repeating itself and become a vicious circle, the patient’s recovery is put in jeopardy. Using the micro-computer controlled vacuum pump to extract the toxic substances released by the dead cells and the estrone to fight the swelling of the brain may help avoid the deadly deprivation of oxygen characteristic of these cases.

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