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Your brain injury may be detectable with a blood test

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a blood test that has the ability to identify concussions so that people with potential brain injuries can promptly receive the treatment they need. The detection capabilities of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator (BBTI) might even limit the number of people that have to undergo CT scans or other tests that expose patients to radiation.

How can a brain injury impact you?

The way individuals react to brain injuries varies significantly. Some people have few symptoms and recover quickly, while others struggle with a lifetime of injury-related concerns. No two people are alike, making it harder to provide treatment options based on typical concerns. No brain injury is typical.

The 2 primary categories of brain injury

When you think of paralysis and severe disabilities, you usually think about spinal cord damage; however, brain damage can result in severe and permanent disabilities too. These life-long disabilities can result in people not being able to earn a living or care for themselves. As such, they'll also result in astronomical costs related to medical treatments, in-home care services and general living expenses.

Information to give your doctor after a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury is not always easy to diagnose. Patients frequently don't exhibit outward signs of an injury, and if they don't provide the right kind of information to their physicians, the medical provider might not issue the appropriate diagnosis. This could lead to the patient not receiving the right kind of treatment for his or her injuries.

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