FDA approves first blood test to help diagnose concussions

FDA approves first blood test to help diagnose concussions

Editor: Johnathan Meyers | Tactical Investor

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The Brain Trauma Indicator test measures two biomarkers: proteins known as UCH-L1 and GFAP that are released upon injury to the brain and pass through the blood-brain barrier. Elevated levels of the proteins can be detected within 15 or 20 minutes of injury. The test can be taken within 12 hours of injury, and results can be obtained within three or four hours.
Patients are currently diagnosed with concussion based on a combination of symptoms as well as imaging. However, CT scans don’t always detect concussion.
“Over 90% of CT scans (for concussion) are negative. And you get 200 times the radiation of a chest X-ray. It’s expensive; it’s not terrific,” said Hank Nordhoff, chairman and CEO of Banyan Biomarkers, maker of the new test. It can help determine whether a patient further needs a CT scan, based on a physician’s concerns. Read more

BTI is only approved for use in adults, but plans are in the works to start a clinical trial to evaluate its use in children. Developers of the test are also working on a smaller, hand-held testing device that would be of interest to healthcare practitioners working in sports medicine, low-resource settings, or military installations.

Some experts caution that head injuries can be complicated, and BTI does not replace CT scans in all cases. Also, CT scans, which were used to evaluate the effectiveness of BTI, do not detect all severe injuries. Thus, BTI does not eliminate the need for a full evaluation by a healthcare practitioner, including observation of the patient, neurological exam, and diagnosis. Read more

Traumatic brain injury is a major health and socioeconomic problem that affects all societies. However, traditional approaches to the classification of clinical severity are the subject of debate and are being supplemented with structural and functional neuroimaging, as the need for biomarkers that reflect elements of the pathogenetic process is widely recognized. Basic science research and developments in the field of proteomics have greatly advanced our knowledge of the mechanisms involved in damage and have led to the discovery and rapid detection of new biomarkers that were not available previously. However, translating this research for patients’ benefits remains a challenge. In this article, we summarize new developments, current knowledge and controversies, focusing on the potential role of these biomarkers as diagnostic, prognostic and monitoring tools of brain-injured patients. Read more

 

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