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Friday, April 9, 2010

First Baby to Get Xenon Gas Treatment to Prevent Possible Brain Injury

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:55 PM Comments

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Some new born babies without respiration at birth, birth asphyxiated suffer from brain damages to various extent, consequent disability in the later life and some also die.
Cooling their brains reduces oxygen demand and when regain spontaneous respiration, may not suffer from brain damage; was the subject of research.
The result has been seen in UK, with Xenon gas treatment used to cool the brain of a baby having 50:50 chance of brain damage; reported here.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk


First baby given xenon gas to prevent brain injury

A newborn baby has become the first in the world to receive xenon gas treatment, pioneered in Bristol in a bid to prevent brain injury.
Riley Joyce had no pulse and was not breathing when he was first delivered by emergency Caesarean section at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.
He had a 50:50 chance of permanent brain injury and was transferred to St Michael's Hospital, Bristol.
'Cooling babies'
She said: "Over the past eight years, we have shown in the laboratory that xenon doubles the protective effect of cooling on the brain.
Professor Thoreson said: "After seven days, Riley was alert, able to look at his mother's face, hold up his head and begin to take milk."
Every year in the UK more than 1,000 otherwise healthy babies born at full term die or suffer brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen or blood supply at birth.
"Xenon is a precious and finite resource and difficult to extract so it can cost up to £30 a litre.

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