HYPOTHERMIA PRIOR TO DECOMPRESSION FOR TREATMENT OF ACUTE SPINAL CORD INJURY

Grant number: 1012422 | Funding period: 2011 - 2014

Completed

Abstract

In spinal cord injuries, the cord is compressed as a result of vertebral injury. Urgent relief of compression improves outcome, however, is difficult because of the complexity of pre-surgical management. Our data demonstrate that hypothermia stops compressive spinal cord injury, allowing decompression to be performed in a period that will benefit most patients. This project aims to undertake the studies necessary before beginning a human trial of hypothermia prior to decompressive surgery.