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The impact of beta-blocker therapy on anemia after traumatic brain injury.
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PMID:  22420303     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: An increase in endogenous catecholamine levels after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is well described. Animal studies suggest that postinjury anemia is exacerbated by a persistent hyperadrenergic state. This study aims to determine if beta-blocker (BB) exposure affects anemia after TBI. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We reviewed a Level I trauma registry for patients with TBI, examining markers of anemia between patients who received BB with those who did not. RESULTS: A total of 174 patients were exposed to BB (BB+) and 245 were not exposed (BB-). The mean age in the BB+ group was 50 years (vs. 36 years in BB- group, p < 0.001). The mean injury severity score was 33.6 for the BB+ group (vs. 30.8 for BB- group, p = 0.01). While BB+ patients were more likely to receive a transfusion (60.9% vs. 35.1%, p < 0.001), BB+ patients reached their nadir hemoglobin (Hb) at a later day of hospitalization and their rate of decrease in Hb was significantly slower (both p < 0.001). Choosing Hb cutoffs for anemia of both 7 and 10 g/dL, Kaplan-Meier demonstrated a significant delay in time to anemia. CONCLUSION: This study suggests beta-blockade delays anemia after TBI. Elaboration of this effect may demonstrate an additional benefit of beta-blockade after head injury.
Nina E Glass; Lisa A Kaltenbach; Sloan B Fleming; Patrick G Arbogast; Bryan A Cotton
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transfusion     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1537-2995     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417360     Medline TA:  Transfusion     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 American Association of Blood Banks.
From the Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York; the Department of Biostatistics and Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee; and the Department of Surgery and the Center for Translational Injury Research, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas.
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