New Blood Test May Detect Concussion

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Part of the reason that concussion is hard to treat is that it leaves no identifying markers. You know immediately if you get a cut or bruise; you can see it. But with concussion the damage is invisible—it’s actually happening inside the neurons themselves, leaving doctors only able to see the aftermath, and even then the victim may mask symptoms, such as in the case of a student athlete who desperately wants to play, or a coach who doesn’t want to lose his star player from an important game.

Right now, we know that concussion is best treated within 24 hours of injury, but in some people, symptoms may not appear until days later, costing the patient valuable recovery time. But now, a new blood test could change all that.

In February of this year, the FDA approved a new test called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, which can identify brain biomarkers that appear following traumatic brain injury. Here’s how it works: the test detects two brain proteins that are present in the blood immediately following a blow to the head. The test is effective in picking up traces of the brain proteins UCH-L1 and GFAP up to 12 hours after injury.

The test doesn’t indicate a concussion directly, but a negative result would mean it’s extremely unlikely. A positive result would indicate further testing, such as a CT scan, is needed, saving patients from getting unneeded scans, and giving doctors an objective tool for diagnosing a possible concussion.

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