Astronauts blood clot treated by doctors on earth


Astronauts blood clot treated by doctors on earth

A NASA astronaut who was in a long term mission has developed a blood clot in the  jugular vein partway. NASA called Dr. Stephan Moll, a blood clot expert from the University of North Carolina to get advise on how to treat the Astronaut while he’s in space.

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The name of the astronaut is not revealed yet. However he was in for a mission of six months and discovered this clot after the first two months of his mission. The discovery was made when he got a neck ultrasound scan for a research on how body fluids are redistributed in zero gravity.

This was the first time a blood clot has been found in an astronaut in space, so there were no established methods for treatment in zero gravity.

“Knowing there are no emergency rooms in space, we had to weigh our options very carefully,” Moll said in a UNC statement on Thursday.

Moll and a NASA medical team used Blood Thinners to treat the clot. But how did they get the pharmaceuticals in to the International Space Station? Well NASA keeps a very small amount of medical supplies in ISS and luckily a limited amount of a blood thinner called Enoxaparin (Lovenox®) were available on board.

For 40 days the drug was delivered by an injection in to the skin. After 43 days a supply of Apixaban (Eliquis®) which is an oral pill was delivered to the ISS by a supply spacecraft.

In this treatment period which lasted about 90 days the astronaut performed ultrasound scans of his own neck with the guidance from a radiology team on earth, so they can monitor his blood clot from the earth. Moll also connected and had conversations with him through phone calls and email, Just like his other patients on earth.

“When the astronaut called my home phone, my wife answered and then passed the phone to me with the comment, ‘Stephan, a phone call for you from space.’ That was pretty amazing,” said Moll.“It was incredible to get a call from an astronaut in space. They just wanted to talk to me as if they were one of my other patients. And amazingly the call connection was better than when I call my family in Germany, even though the ISS zips around Earth at 17,000 miles per hour.”

The treatment was stopped before 4 days of astronauts return to the earth. This measures were taken because of possible dangers when entering the earths atmosphere. If any injury occurs during injury, blood thinning may be dangerous.

Now the astronaut is safely on earth and has even stopped treatment, because he does not require treatments now.

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