Traumatic brain injury or TBI affects two million adults and children in the United States every year. Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or an object pierces the skull causing injury to the brain. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe depending on the extent of the damage. Each year, TBI leads to 80,000 new cases of long-term disability.
There is no effective treatment for TBI. The brain sometimes heals itself given time and therapy, but brain damage is often permanent. Now doctors are experimenting with an infusion that may save the brain.
Researchers at 17 centers around the U.S. recently expanded a double-blind study to test the effectiveness of a progesterone infusion on TBI. Progesterone is often thought of as a female hormone, but it is also a neurosteroid.
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