The Army has developed a simple blood test that can diagnose minor traumatic brain injury or concussion, the USA Today reported.
TBI can be very hard to diagnose and, left untreated, can lead to life-threatening medical conditions. Brain injuries affect 1.4 million Americans each year, according to the National Brain Injury Association. Seventy percent are mild cases, which can be particularly hard to diagnose. A contributor to the New York Times recently reported an undiagnosed head injury resulting from a bicycle accident was nearly fatal after she developed a subdural hematoma.
Each year, about 1.3 million people are treated in the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury, about 275,000 are hospitalized and more than 50,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The most common causes of TBI:
-Falls (35.2 percent)
-Traffic Accidents (17.3 percent)
-Struck by object (16.5 percent)
-Assaults (10 percent)
Mild TBI, including concussions, are often missed at the time of initial injury. Fifteen percent of patients have symptoms for one year or more.
Symptoms of mild TBI may include:
-Poor attention or concentration
-Loss of smell
-Light or sound sensitivity
-Getting lost or confused
-Slowness of thinking
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