TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Blood Test Developed for Brain Injury



Donna O’Donnell Figurski


th-1The Centers for Disease Control has reported that traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for more than 2.5 million visits to emergency rooms (ERs) in the US every year. Many people with a concussion do not even go to the ER because they have no symptoms and don’t believe that the ER can diagnose a brain injury if it’s not serious enough to be detected by a number of indirect tests. A CT (“cat”; computerized tomography) scan is usually ordered if a brain injury is suspected, but only 10% of CT scans detect a brain injury in people with a mild head injury.

thA quick, sensitive, and accurate blood test will soon be available for ERs EmergencyRoomto know if the brain has been injured. Some people will be negative. They will not need a CT scan and can go home with no worries. Others who are asymptomatic may actually discover that they’re positive for a brain injury. The ER doctor can then take appropriate action.

An objective blood test will be a game-changer for the treatment of TBIs. An obvious difference is that it will make many CT scans (and their radiation) unnecessary. On the other hand, people, especially those with a mild concussion, may discover they do have a brain injury and take appropriate steps. (Full story 1, 2)


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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . Blood Test Developed for Brain Injury" (5)

  1. Amazing! A game changer that doesn’t evev take an operation, YAY!…Artheals.com


  2. I read your posts but cannot comment because I do not have blog site and do not have password for WordPress- It is not becase I don’t care-just am not that sophisticated computer wise or any other wise. Waiting for your book.

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    • cagags27msmcom,

      Thank you for your comment and your explanation. Actually, whatever you are doing is showing up here in the comment section. So feel free to comment away.

      I am so excited about my upcoming book, “Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver’s Tale.” I’m glad you are too. It will release on November 1, 2018. Anyone can pre-order it on Amazon.com now, but it you’ll still get it on November 1.


      Donna O’Donnell Figurski
      Author of “Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver’s Tale”


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