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Scientific American June 19, 2007

(Probaway – 2007/06/24) – There has been a report on the Scientific American web site of substantial improvement in frostbite victims’ recovery by the use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).

The effects of tPA seem to be similar to those of aspirin in other situations, so there is a possibility that taking aspirin immediately, even while being exposed to extreme cold or within a few hours after exposure when gross symptoms are present, will help maintain blood flow to the extremities and reduce the need for amputations.

Here is yet another reason to always carry your aspirin with you wherever you go.


This image of frostbitten fingers is from the Medical Encyclopedia; lots of other examples can be found with a Google frostbite search.