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Vol. 53, No. 2, 2005, pp. 178-182
Bioline Code: ni05053
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Neurology India, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2005, pp. 178-182
© Copyright 2005 Neurology India.
Change in tissue thromboplastin content of brain following trauma|
Pathak Ashis, Dutta S., Marwaha N., Singh D., Varma N., Mathuriya S.N.
Background: Tissue thromboplastin (TTP) is an integral membrane protein contributing to coagulopathy after trauma of brain, which is a rich source of TTP.
Aims: A study was undertaken to establish the TTP content of various areas of normal brain and estimate the changes in TTP activity of brain in response to varying degrees of trauma.
Materials and Methods: Samples from different areas of brain of ten cadavers were used as controls and they were compared with contused brain tissue obtained after surgery in 25 head injury (HI) patients of varying severity.
Results: In the study group, the TTP activity of the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes after HI was significantly raised in contrast to that of the control group. The TTP activity was also significantly higher in the severe HI patients than those having moderate HI. The mode of injury and the time lapse after HI had no significant bearing on the TTP activity. Subjects above 40 years of age demonstrated a higher mean TTP activity after HI, though it was not statistically significant.
Conclusion: The study provides quantitative data on TTP activity of normal brain and highlights the role of TTP in coagulopathy following HI through its increased activity after HI, more so in the severe HI group.
Head injury, tissue thromboplastin, tissue factor
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