Could a biomarker test for juvenile prolonged concussion be on the horizon?

Written by Francesca Lake

Researchers at Penn State Medical Center (PA, USA) have demonstrated that salivary miRNA improves identification of prolonged concussion symptoms in children and young adults compared with a standard survey. The results could lead to improved concussion management. Symptoms of concussion following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) usually end within 2 weeks; however, prolonged symptoms occur in approximately one-third of children. Currently, diagnosis and assessment relies on symptom reporting, a measure that does not always correlate with objective injury measures. “The absence of accurate, objective measures delays specialist referral and prevents individualized treatment plans,” explained the authors. With previous research having...

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