Authors: Sharon Salt, Editor
Researchers at Orlando Health (FL, USA) have recently reported that they are making progress in developing a blood test that could detect subconcussive injuries.
People who receive a subconcussive injury often display no symptoms or immediate effects. However, these injuries can cause wear and tear on the brain over time if the injuries are repeated. Very few studies have also addressed the impact of subconcussive injuries following head trauma in the general population, as opposed to military members or athletes.
What is a subconcussive injury?
A subconcussive injury is a term that refers to a potential brain injury that does not meet the threshold for a concussion.
In this recent study, which has been published in BMJ Paediatrics Open, over 700 emergency room patients – both children and adults – were included. The study participants included patients with concussions, those with head trauma without overt signs of concussion and those with body trauma without head trauma or concussion.