There are so many great things happening at the moment. Things that were believed to be impossible are now a reality. According to a press released, researchers from the UCLA, Los Angeles, managed to use an ultrasound treatment to help men recover from the coma. The method, called low-intensity focused ultrasound pulsation, could be a huge discovery for people in the whole world.
- Ultrasound treatment gave coma patient a new chance to live.
- The man couldn’t move or speak and now he can understand everything and is feeling better.
- Other patients will receive the same treatment to see if it really works.
How does it work? It takes a small device which will aim acoustic energy on the thalamus, in the brain. That is the place where processing information is taking place. Researchers explained that in people whose mental function is impaired after a coma, thalamus performance is diminished. There are medications that people who are coming out of a coma can take, but they will not target on the thalamus.
Researchers published a report of a 25-year-old man who made limited progress after being in a coma. After researchers used the ultrasound treatment, he began to make improvements. Doctors said that before the treatment, the man showed only minimal signs of understanding speech. Moreover, he could make limited movements and the situation did not seem to change. After the treatment, the patient was aware of what happened to him, understand everything that has been said and could communicate by nodding his head.
If the ultrasound treatment did not exist, he would still be in that condition. Due to the procedure, he has now another chance to enjoy life. In a few months, he could be able to speak and have a normal life. Researchers do not want to stop here. They want to do the test on more patients. There could be also a portable device as a cheaper option to help patients wake up.
Think of all those people who did not recover after coma. An accident can change your life and in a moment you will not be able to talk or to move. This discovery could be the best treatment for coma and we are sure doctors will make more research. If the ultrasound treatment will have the same effect on other people too, we have a hope.
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