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Saliva test shows which kids have prolonged concussion symptoms

Louisiana parents may be interested to learn that a spit test could help determine whether a child's concussion symptoms will last for several days or weeks. The spit test was shown to be about 90 percent accurate while a commonly used concussion survey is accurate in about 70 percent of cases.

To conduct the test, all the pediatrician has to do is collect a small amount of the child's saliva via a swab. The sample is then sent to the lab. The results could be given to the family the next day, meaning the child can receive the needed treatment very quickly. The test may also help determine which kids are more likely to suffer from prolonged concussion symptoms and which kids should return to normal within a shorter time frame. With the current tests that are available, there is no way to predict how long the concussion symptoms will last.

It is also hoped that by having a reliable test available, kids will be given the chance to fully heal before they are allowed to go back to school or participate in sports. It was also noted that blood tests may be even more accurate than saliva tests.

Brain injuries can potentially take weeks if not months to heal. In some cases, those who suffer a concussion or a traumatic brain injury can continue to experience headaches, nausea and even changes in their behaviors long after the injury actually occurred. If the injury was due to the negligence on another party, such as a car accident caused by a distracted or impaired driver, then an attorney could assist the victim in seeking appropriate compensation.

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