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Surgeon, student contribute to study.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY An OU Medicine trauma surgeon and a University of Oklahoma College of Medicine student were among the leaders of a national research study that established new guidelines for preventing strokes in patients who have suffered a blunt traumatic injury to their necks.

Amanda Celii and Tyler Zander, a third-year medical student, were authors on the study, which was published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The study focused on blunt cerebrovascular injury an injury to the blood vessels in the neck. Unlike a penetrating injury such as a gunshot or stab wound, blunt cerebrovascular injuries, or BCVIs, can be caused by the force of a seat belt during a car accident or a fracture in the neck, for example.

"Essentially, BCVIs occur when the blood vessels are injured or bruised in a way that clots can form, which can cause a stroke," Celii said.

The purpose of the study was, in part, to determine how soon strokes occur after an injury to the blood vessels and how soon blood thinners should be given in an effort to prevent stroke. Trauma centers across the country have treated patients in slightly different ways, so the study was conducted in order for care to be standardized, Celii said.

OU Medicine contributed its patient data concerning BCVIs to the study, which included more than 30 such institutions around the country. The study results showed that the majority of patients who suffer a BCVI-related stroke do so in the first 72 hours after the injury occurs. That means blood thinners often aspirin should be given to the patient immediately, Celii said.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Date:Mar 12, 2019
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