Colorado readers may be interested in a new therapy for brain injuries that is now undergoing clinical trials across the nation. The study, known as “Protect,” uses the hormone progesterone to reduce the dangerous swelling that often accompanies a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The swelling is what causes brain damage, so any therapy that reduces swelling would help to protect the brains of patients suffering from a TBI.

Tests on animals have proven beneficial, so the researchers have begun tests on human subjects. So far, two human trials have been completed, one in Atlanta and one in China. The results indicated that the progesterone infusion was associated with decreased death rates following serious brain trauma, according to one of the researchers on the study.

The study has expanded to 40 sites across the U.S. to see if the addition of progesterone to the current standard of care results in improved outcomes for TBI patients. There are several possible side effects from progesterone; however, the test has been deemed safe enough to continue. There are currently 800 patients being treated with the hormone therapy.

A traumatic brain injury may permanently change a person’s life in a mere second. Many people who suffer a TBI may never return to work live independently or resume other normal life activities. If the TBI is the result of medical malpractice or the negligent or reckless behavior of another person, the injured person may be entitled to compensation for his or her medical care, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

An experienced Colorado personal injury lawyer might secure comprehensive damages for the injured party. The lawyer may negotiate directly with the hospital and the insurance provider for a fair settlement. In particular situations, a lawyer might request a civil trial.

Source: KOAA, “Your Healthy Family: Brain Injuries and Hormones”, Lacey Steele, August 12, 2013