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Could brain injuries be detected with simple blood test?

Brain injuries are often mysterious injuries that can be very difficult to detect. The extent of the injury to the brain can also be hard to determine. Sometimes even the most sophisticated brain scans leave a person undiagnosed. Now, scientists are hoping a simple blood test that detects for a protein can help act as a biomarker for serious brain injuries. If scientists are able to detect this protein if could signal neuron degeneration.

When a person suffers from a brain injury, early detection can sometimes help doctors determine the best treatment options and hopefully improve chances of a recovery. This recovery can sometimes be a very long road, requiring multiple surgeries and ongoing therapy.

The detection of a certain protein might be able to help better tell doctors what they should expect for a patient, and how long their recovery might take. Some recoveries can take weeks, while some might take months or a person might never fully recover.

Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney might be a wise decision for anyone who suffers from a brain injury in West Virginia that is caused by another person's negligence. They can help the person and their family understand their rights. An attorney might be able to help a person seek important compensation. This compensation can help a person ensure they have enough money to pay for medical expenses after their initial injury and throughout their recovery. Depending on the severity of an injury, medical expenses might reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Could a blood test detect concussion with lasting disability?” Melissa Healy, Nov. 20, 2013 

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