Steroids To Treat Head Trauma Useless: Study
October 08, 2004
Using steroids to treat patients with severe head injuries can be deadly, according to a new study published in the medical journal Lancet.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine study involved more than 10,000 head trauma patients. The patients were randomly assigned steroid treatment or a placebo.
The researchers report 21 percent of the patients given steroids died within 2 weeks, compared to 18 percent given a placebo.
Lead researcher, Dr. Ian Roberts, said using steroids to treat head trauma is useless and at worst, harmful.
Doctors have been using corticosteroids to treat patients with severe head injuries for several decades because they believed the anti-inflammatory effects helped to reduce brain swelling.
Originally, the researchers planned the study to include 20,000 subjects, however, the study was abandoned early when they realized there was potential danger.
作者:admin@医学,生命科学 2010-12-19 05:11