Tranexamic Acid for Preventing Progressive Intracranial Haemorrhage in Traumatic Brain Injury

2014-08-26 22:27:35 | BioPortfolio


The study's objective is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of tranexamic acid for adult patients with moderate to severe TBI.With the research question as "Does TXA reduce the incidence of progressive intracranial haemorrhage by 50% compared to placebo in moderate to severe adult TBI patients at Khon Kaen Hospital?"


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem with poor outcome especially with progressive intracranial haemorrhage (PIH) in severe patients. There are links between coagulopathic change after brain injury and delayed traumatic haemorrhage revealed by CT brain. Antifibrinolytic treatment can reduce blood loss after surgery and perhaps in moderate to severe TBI by similar haemostatic responses. It is justified to determine benefit for reversing hyperfibrinolysis after TBI. Tranexamic acid (TXA) has been shown to have significant clinical benefit in effectively reducing surgical bleeding in systematic reviews. It has been shown to have no effect on coagulation parameters and no demonstrated harmful effect in systematic reviews. This study is designed to determine the effectiveness of TXA in preventing PIH in patients with moderate to severe TBI. The treatment regimen if effective can be applied in general trauma practice worldwide.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Brain Injuries


tranexamic acid


Khon Kaen Regional hospital
Muang district
Khon Kaen




Khon Kaen University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-26T22:27:35-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Acute and chronic (see also BRAIN INJURIES, CHRONIC) injuries to the brain, including the cerebral hemispheres, CEREBELLUM, and BRAIN STEM. Clinical manifestations depend on the nature of injury. Diffuse trauma to the brain is frequently associated with DIFFUSE AXONAL INJURY or COMA, POST-TRAUMATIC. Localized injuries may be associated with NEUROBEHAVIORAL MANIFESTATIONS; HEMIPARESIS, or other focal neurologic deficits.

Antifibrinolytic hemostatic used in severe hemorrhage.

Traumatic injuries to the cranium where the integrity of the skull is not compromised and no bone fragments or other objects penetrate the skull and dura mater. This frequently results in mechanical injury being transmitted to intracranial structures which may produce traumatic brain injuries, hemorrhage, or cranial nerve injury. (From Rowland, Merritt's Textbook of Neurology, 9th ed, p417)

Traumatic injuries involving the cranium and intracranial structures (i.e., BRAIN; CRANIAL NERVES; MENINGES; and other structures). Injuries may be classified by whether or not the skull is penetrated (i.e., penetrating vs. nonpenetrating) or whether there is an associated hemorrhage.

Injuries to blood vessels caused by laceration, contusion, puncture, or crush and other types of injuries. Symptoms vary by site and mode of injuries and may include bleeding, bruising, swelling, pain, and numbness. It does not include injuries secondary to pathologic function or diseases such as ATHEROSCLEROSIS.

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