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Predicting Concussion Outcomes with Salivary miRNA

The purpose of this study is to identify changes in salivary micro ribosomal nucleic acid (miRNA) expression that are predictive of symptom duration and severity following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. The primary endpoints of this study are as follows: 1) Characterization of brain-related miRNA in the saliva of 250 children with mTBI and 200 age- and gender-matched controls between the ages of five and twenty-three years. 2) Identification of a set of salivary miRNAs that is predictive of duration and severity of mTBI symptoms.

Saliva collection and surveys at baseline, 7 days, and 30 Days



Andrea Loeffert
Brennen Harding - at or 717-531-5656
Pediatrics: Neurology (HERSHEY)

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Inclusion Criteria:
5 to 23 years of age
Seen in the Penn State Pediatric Concussion Clinic within 2 weeks of most recent concussion

Exclusion Criteria:
Does not speak english
Periodontal disease
Ongoing seizure disorder, or other neurologic disorder
Drug or alcohol dependency
clinical diagnosis of severe TBI
Children's Health, Neurology, Sports Medicine
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Hershey, PA ,