Prediction of Neurological Outcome of Children After a Traumatic Brain Injury Based on an Integrated Predictive Model

2019-11-14 17:39:51 | BioPortfolio


This study aims to develop a integrated predictive model based on serum biomarkers, HRV, and an innovative computerized classifier output, to predict the patient long term neurological outcome after a moderate or severe TBI in children.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Most children with moderate and severe TBI have long term sequelae including neurological deficit, cognitive impairment and behavioural disorders. In the acute care setting, neither clinicians nor researchers are able to adequately predict the long term outcome of children with TBI, consequently limiting their ability to tailor medical care, rehabilitation and support services. Improving our understanding of a TBI patient's exact cerebral status and prognosis is a critical step toward optimized and personalized patient management. In this research study, an innovative and integrated model will be developed to improve the prognostication in the early phase of a TBI. This model will combine key clinical variables commonly collected in the acute care setting and combine these with cutting-edge empirical measures: 1) biomarkers; 2) a new physiological monitoring based on heart-rate variability (HRV) to assess the integrity of the autonomic system; and 3) a computerized classification tool developed using the concept of artificial intelligence to continuously categorize the patient's cerebral status.

Study Design


Traumatic Brain Injury


Prognostication model


Not yet recruiting


St. Justine's Hospital

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A form of acquired brain injury which occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.

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Traumatic injuries to the cranium where the integrity of the skull is not compromised and no bone fragments or other objects penetrate the skull and dura mater. This frequently results in mechanical injury being transmitted to intracranial structures which may produce traumatic brain injuries, hemorrhage, or cranial nerve injury. (From Rowland, Merritt's Textbook of Neurology, 9th ed, p417)

Bleeding within the brain as a result of penetrating and nonpenetrating CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA. Traumatically induced hemorrhages may occur in any area of the brain, including the CEREBRUM; BRAIN STEM (see BRAIN STEM HEMORRHAGE, TRAUMATIC); and CEREBELLUM.

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