Beating the Clock in Brain Injury
Diagnosing brain injury can be complex – but is a quick and simple blood test on the horizon?
Roisin McGuigan |
Rapidly diagnosing the extent of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is no easy task, but it is crucial to ensure that the patient receives the right treatment as fast as possible. Current tools include the Glasgow Coma Scale, pupil reactivity and computed tomography (CT) scans. However, these approaches cannot always predict damage that occurs secondary to the original insult, including sleep disturbances and memory problems, which may develop some time after the initial injury.
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