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Drugs for Treating Severe Frostbite

Author(s): Paul Auerbach
Posted: February 20, 2011

Prostacyclin (a derived form of a prostaglandin) is a bioactive compound that is believed to have beneficial effects in treating frostbite. It works by inhibiting a certain type of blood clotting caused by platelets, which are “sticky” blood components essential in the blood-clotting cascade. Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) is a “clot buster” drug that is administered to break down (dissolve) a blood clot that has already formed.

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