A new study from Georgetown University Medical Center may offer hope of drug treatment to prevent formation of scar tissue and thereby prevent worsening effects of traumatic central nervous system injury. Based on studies with rats, the hope is that injection of flavopiridol through nasal passages within thirty minutes after trauma may limit the formation of scar tissue and inflammatory response. See news release and the full study.
Much study with human subjects will be required before flavopiridol becomes a standard medical supply on every ambulance, routinely administered by EMT’s at accident scenes. If that day ever comes, it will be too late for today’s victims. For those of us who have spent years working with victims of catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries, it sounds like hopeful news.

The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).