Association between plasma GFAP concentrations and MRI abnormalities in patients with CT-negative traumatic brain injury in the TRACK-TBI cohort: a prospective multicentre study

This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT02119182.FindingsBetween Feb 26, 2014, and June 15, 2018, we recruited 450 patients with normal head CT scans (of whom 330 had negative MRI scans and 120 had positive MRI scans), 122 orthopaedic trauma controls, and 209 healthy controls. AUC for GFAP in patients with CT-negative and MRI-positive findings versus patients with CT-negative and MRI-negative findings was 0·777 (95% CI 0·726–0·829) over 24 h. Median plasma GFAP concentration was highest in patients with CT-negative and MRI-positive findings (414·4 pg/mL, 25–75th percentile 139·3–813·4), followed by patients with CT-negative and MRI-negative findings (74·0 pg/mL, 17·5–214·4), orthopaedic trauma controls (13·1 pg/mL, 6·9–20·0), and healthy controls (8·0 pg/mL, 3·0–14·0; all comparisons between patients with CT-negative MRI-positive findings and other groups p
Source: The Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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