Cooling Therapy for Brain Injured Children Dangerous: Canadian Study
Hypothermia therapy, where patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are cooled to prevent brain swelling, has shown promise in helping adult survivors of TBI. See this article for example.
However, a study led by researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children have found that the practice may be dangerous for children with brain injuries.
The study, involved 225 children at 17 centres in Canada, France and the United Kingdom. There was no difference in how the patients in each group recovered neurologically.
However the study found more deaths among the children who had been cooled – 23 versus 14 in the group not treated using hypothermia.
Dr. Jamie Hutchison, director of critical care research at Sick Kids and one of the lead investigators in the study said:
“We were very surprised by these findings, since preliminary research in adults with traumatic brain injury had demonstrated the potential benefit of hypothermia therapy…”
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