The Challenge of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Role of Biochemical Markers in Diagnosis of Brain Damage

Stefania Mondello, Kara Schmid, Rachel P. Berger, Firas Kobeissy, Domenico Italiano, Andreas Jeromin, Ronal L. Hayes, Frank C. Tortella, Andras Buki

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Abstract

During the past decade there has been an increasing recognition of the incidence of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and a better understanding of the subtle neurological and cognitive deficits that may result from it. A substantial, albeit suboptimal, effort has been made to define diagnostic criteria for mTBI and improve diagnostic accuracy. Thus, biomarkers that can accurately and objectively detect brain injury after mTBI and, ideally, aid in clinical management are needed. In this review, we discuss the current research on serum biomarkers for mTBI including their rationale and diagnostic performances. Sensitive and specific biomarkers reflecting brain injury can provide important information regarding TBI pathophysiology and serve as candidate markers for predicting abnormal computed tomography findings and/or the development of residual deficits in patients who sustain an mTBI. We also outline the roles of biomarkers in settings of specific interest including pediatric TBI, sports concussions and military injuries, and provide perspectives on the validation of such markers for use in the clinic. Finally, emerging proteomics-based strategies for identifying novel markers will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-531
Number of pages29
JournalMedicinal Research Reviews
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Biomarkers
  • Concussion
  • Diagnostic
  • Mild TBI
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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    Mondello, S., Schmid, K., Berger, R. P., Kobeissy, F., Italiano, D., Jeromin, A., Hayes, R. L., Tortella, F. C., & Buki, A. (2014). The Challenge of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Role of Biochemical Markers in Diagnosis of Brain Damage. Medicinal Research Reviews, 34(3), 503-531. https://doi.org/10.1002/med.21295