Advanced Search
Current and Breaking News for Professionals, Consumers and Media



Click here to learn how to advertise on this site and for ad rates.

Concussion Issues Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Sep 7, 2017 - 10:06:33 PM



Doctors Can Use A Simple Blood Test To Detect Concussions Up To A Week After Head Injuries

By Staff Editor
Apr 18, 2016 - 12:47:03 PM



Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Ezine
For Email Marketing you can trust


Email this article
 Printer friendly page

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - A new study shows that doctors can detect evidence of a concussion up to a week after a patient is injured by using a simple blood test. That's crucial, because the symptoms of a concussion can be subtle or delayed, especially in children.

Left untreated or under-treated, concussions put patients at risk for further, often more serious injury. Returning to class, work or sports competition too soon can lead to long-term bouts with dizziness, headaches and insomnia, and has even been linked to memory loss, trouble concentrating, depression and anxiety.

This blood test extends the window in which concussions can be detected and treated.

"We have so many diagnostic blood tests for different parts of the body, like the heart, liver and kidneys, but there's never been a reliable blood test to identify trauma in the brain," said Linda Papa, MD, MSC, an emergency medicine physician at Orlando Health and lead author of the study. "We think this particular test could change that."

During the study, which is set to be published Monday, March 28 in JAMA Neurology, researchers analyzed nearly 600 patients and found that a certain biomarker was detectable in blood serum up to a week after the initial head injury. The biomarker, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), is unique to the brain and central nervous system and is released into the bloodstream following a head injury.

Dr. Papa is available to talk about the findings of the study and explain why it's important to have a diagnostic tool that can spot evidence of a concussion, even if a patient doesn't see a doctor immediately after being injured.

###


For advertising info on HealthNewsDigest.com contact Mike McCurdy at 877-634-9180 or email [email protected]

 



Top of Page

HealthNewsDigest.com

Concussion Issues
Latest Headlines


+ Women May be More Vulnerable to Concussions Because of 'Leaner' Nerve Fibers
+ Molecules in Spit May Be Able to Diagnose and Predict Length of Concussions
+ Back on Ice, But Young Hockey Players’ Brains Still Recovering from Concussion
+ Youth Football: How Young Athletes Are Exposed to High-Magnitude Head Impacts
+ Concussion: How the NFL Came to Shape the Issue that Plagued It
+ One in Five Teens Report Having Had a Concussion in Their Lifetime
+ Exposure to Head Impacts in Youth Football Practice Drills
+ Rugby Players Take Part in Ground-Breaking Concussion Study
+ Mobile App Improves Concussion Symptoms, Optimism
+ Back-to-school Concussion Screening (VIDEO)



Contact Us | Job Listings | Help | Site Map | About Us
Advertising Information | HND Press Release | Submit Information | Disclaimer

Site hosted by Sanchez Productions