As such, Moll helped NASA figure out how to ration the space station's stock of blood thinners to offer an effective treatment while the astronaut waited for NASA to launch a new shipment of the drugs.
"These new findings demonstrate that the human body still surprises us in space", said Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor in a statement, study author, NASA astronaut and clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University's Health New Orleans School of Medicine.
When NASA sends astronauts to the global space station, they are always in top condition.
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This was the first time a blood clot had been found in an astronaut in space, so there was no established method of treatment for DVT in zero gravity. "NASA told me they couldn't get me up to space quickly enough, so I proceeded with the evaluation and treatment process from here in Chapel Hill".
"My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station (ISS) to examine the patient myself", said Stephan Moll, MD, UNC School of Medicine blood clot expert and long-time NASA enthusiast. "They were limited in their pharmaceutical options, however" as the medications were not sufficient on board.
He and the team agreed to put the astronaut on blood thinners with Moll directing the dosage.
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An astronaut with the "first blood clot in space" had to be treated remotely by a doctor in the U.S. - all while orbiting 200 miles above the Earth on the ISS. "My spouse picked up, and it was the International Space Station, and she or he handed the phone to me and saying 'There maybe somebody from outer space which needs to speak to you, '" Moll stated. "There is some risk when taking blood thinners - if an injury occurs, it could cause internal bleeding that is hard to stop.emergency medical attention could be needed.We had to weigh our options very carefully". That is a fairly important requirement because there really is no way to handle most medical emergencies in the room.
Three days after the Enoxaparin ran out a supply ship arrived at the ISS containing a different medication - Apixaban - a tablet selected by Dr Moll that the patient could take for the final part of their mission.
Though the treatment seemed to be working, there was still a bit of suspense because the return to Earth involves being exposed to some heavy g-forces and other stresses, so the medical team stopped the doses of Apixaban four days before the astronaut entered the Soyuz capsule. "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". He continues to work along with NASA to answer questions like "Is this something that is more common in space?"
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