Health Watch - Emergency: Treating Shock and Trauma

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about dealing with emergencies. Even with advanced medical care, more than a third of patients who suffer brain trauma or bleed badly enough to go into shock die, and those who survive may face disability. There may be a way to improve these odds.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center will be testing estrogen as a treatment for brain trauma or shock. Dr. Jane Wigginton, a UT Southwestern emergency physician, says secondary injury from inflammation sets in soon after the initial injury and makes the injury worse. Earlier studies have shown that estrogen significantly decreases secondary injury with minimal risk. Doctors will be testing how effective a dose of estrogen is for seriously injured patients brought to the trauma center with brain trauma and severe bleeding. 

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/emergency to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in emergency care.

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November 2009


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