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New Research Suggests Vacuum Pressure Treatments Could Lessen Traumatic Brain Injury Effects

A recent experimental study has shown that the application of controlled vacuum pressure could be an effective method for mitigating tissue damage after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The results of the study were published in a recent issue of Neurosurgery, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ official journal. 

The experiment tested the effects of applying vacuum pressure treatment — a form of “mechanical tissue resuscitation? — to the injured areas of the brain. This idea surfaced after negative pressure was successfully used to promote healing in other types of wounds. Researchers used swine as test subjects, and induced localized TBI before applying the negative pressure to the injured area. Different levels of pressure were tested, in addition to different application time periods and different delay times.

The study showed that applying a higher level of pressure to the brain for three days led to reduced brain bleeding and a significantly smaller brain contusion area, while lower pressure levels had little to no effect. The procedure appeared to be safe, with no recorded development of brain deformation or seizures. If further studies demonstrate the same positive results, the researchers will move on to conduct initial trials in human patients suffering from TBI.

The implications of this trial are encouraging for victims of traumatic brain injury, but those currently suffering from the effects of TBI must be allowed to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury due to another party’s negligence, speak with an experienced Sarasota personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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