Blood Test May Accurately Diagnose a Traumatic Brain Injury
Until recently, traumatic brain injuries have been very difficult to diagnose. Other than CAT scans and high definition MRIs, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often is diagnosed by how a patient reacts to certain tests or based on subjective responses to questionnaires. This is troubling because in the U.S., at least 30% of all injury-related deaths are caused, in part, by TBIs, according to the
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Swiss Researchers May Have Discovered a Way to Diagnose TBI From Blood
Researchers out of the
How Would TBI Blood Tests Work?
While still somewhat theoretical, the researchers at University of Geneva aim to create something called a “
Real World Application for Injury Victims
For those who suffer serious head injuries in falls or car accidents, such a revolutionary device or testing method could be the difference between expensive CAT scans with lengthy emergency room visits and a simple blood test. This could easily weed out non-TBI patients and free up neurology department and radiology department resources in busy trauma centers. Moreover, EMS personnel could arguably use this as a method of triage in the field.
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Treating a Traumatic Brain Injury
After a significant head trauma, many people discover they are feeling symptoms that mirror fatigue, such as:
- Feel Light-headed
- Frustration and mood swings
- Vertigo (dizziness)
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms after a head injury, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms of TBI can linger for weeks or even months. Many times, emergency room physicians simply are not looking for concussion and TBI symptoms. Rather, they are looking for immediate and life-threatening conditions that require treatment. For this reason, you should always get follow up care after an ER visit. Discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician as well.
Speak to a Long Island Traumatic Brain Injury Today
If you have been seriously injured in an accident caused by the neglect of another in Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens, call the accident lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP