An astronaut had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)-or called blood clot.
According to a new case study, the astronaut had DVT in the jugular vein of the neck. He was unrecognized and was abroad the international space station.
The identity is not disclosed due to privacy matters.
The astronaut was two months into a six-month stay at the International Space Station (ISS) when the incident happened.
NASA had no clue to treat the condition in an environment with zero gravity, as this is the first case that blood clot was discovered in space.
Blood clot expert Stephan Moll, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, was called by NASA to tackle the incident. He was the only non-NASA expert considered for the treatment.
UNC officials stated, “Moll and the team of NASA doctors decided blood thinners would be the best course of treatment for the astronaut. They were limited in their pharmaceutical options, however” as the medications were not sufficient on board.
Limited amount of blood thinner was available when the blood clot was discovered.
However, the officials said, “If it wasn’t for the study, there is no telling what the outcome could have been.” The blood was treated with Enoxaparin.