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Anemia treatments may not help traumatic brain injury victims

Brain injuries can affect people a myriad of ways in West Virginia. A person, for instance, might become easily distracted and struggle to remember things. Concentration and attention may also be affected by traumatic brain injury. Recent research showed that two anemia treatments that have frequently been used to help brain injury patients from a cognitive point of view unfortunately does not help with these patients' neurological recovery after all.

Patients with severe brain injury often develop anemia. This anemia can contribute to poor neurological outcomes, which is why the two anemia treatments were introduced. These two treatments include transfusions involving red blood cells and the administering of erythropoietin.

According to the study, however, the two anemia treatments appear not to enhance short-term neurocognitive end results in patients as scientists had hoped they would. Prior to this study, there were limited data on these two treatments' effects. The recent study involved 200 patients having closed head trauma; they were all enrolled in the research within a few hours of suffering their injuries from 2006 to 2012.

Brain injury victims might find it discouraging that the two anemia treatments don't appear to be helpful for them neurologically. Still, scientists continue to work on new treatments to enhance these victims' mental conditions. If the brain injury happened because someone else was careless and thus caused an accident, it is within the injured person's rights to file a claim against the reportedly negligent party. If liability is established via competent proof of negligence in a West Virginia civil court, financial claims for damages will be adjudicated by the judge presiding over the case.

Source: healio.com, "Anemia treatment not beneficial after brain injury", C.S. Robertson, Aug. 27, 2014

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