AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Clues to Predict Injury Recovery

Could Genetic Data Personalize Therapy for Brain Injury Patients?

 

A new study presented this week found that a genetic risk score could help predict a patient’s quality of life after a traumatic brain injury. One day, physicians could have a simple, early method to forecast a patient’s recovery and personalize therapy to maximize their quality of life down the road.

“Gene pathways can influence all of our biological functions and risk for many health outcomes,” says Mark Linsenmeyer, MD, a resident physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the primary author on the study.  “Each person has a unique inherited genetic code. By studying one gene pathway in a large group of people with the same disease or health problem, we hope to unlock clues to why some people have different outcomes than others. This knowledge may be used to help physicians make the best treatment choice for each person.”

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