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Test may help the diagnosis of TBIs

Pennsylvania residents who have incurred traumatic brain injuries are misdiagnosed far too often. One reason is the lack of a reliable screening test. Currently, a diagnosis depends on an interview by a doctor. Many of the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries overlap with the symptoms of PTSD, leading some people to be wrongly diagnosed with that disorder.

A team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Draper, a nonprofit research company, has been working to develop a reliable test that doctors could use in order to improve the accurate diagnosing of traumatic brain injuries. The test analyzes brain chemicals in order to help doctors to make the diagnosis. The test uses a process called magnetic resonance spectroscopy as opposed to an MRI.

The researchers have been able to identify two possible biomarkers in the brains of people who have incurred traumatic brain injuries. They believe that the combination of data analysis along with the magnetic resonance spectroscopy could also be useful in the correct diagnosis of other brain issues that involve changing levels of metabolites.

A brain injury can be especially insidious, permanently changing a person's ability to care for himself or herself. In some cases, victims will be left needing round-the-clock care for the remainder of their lives and will no longer be able to earn a living, further burdening themselves and their family members. In the event that the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, such as a collision caused by an impaired or speeding driver or a hazardous condition on another's property, an attorney could be of assistance in seeking compensation for the losses that have been and will be incurred.

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