Corticosteroids Treatment For Head Injuries May Cause DeathAn analysis published by the British-based Cochrane Library revealed that anti-inflammatory steroids for traumatic head injuries like those from car crashes can increase the risk of death. In a study that involved 4,985 patients, 18 percent of those who were treated with corticosteroids were more likely to die from brain injury than those who did not take the drugs.

According to Dr. Alderson, corticosteroids are commonly used to treat inflammation since most doctors believe that some of the damage after a brain injury results from inflammation following the initial injury and that reducing inflammation might reduce this secondary injury.