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Neurometabolites alteration in the acute phase of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI): an in vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) study

Veeramuthu, V., Seow, P., Narayanan, V., Wong, J. H. D., Tan, L. K., Hernowo, A. T. and Ramli, N. (2018) Neurometabolites alteration in the acute phase of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI): an in vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) study. Academic Radiology, 25 (9). pp. 1167-1177. ISSN 1076-6332

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2018.01.005


Rationale and Objectives: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a noninvasive imaging technique that allows for reliable assessment of microscopic changes in brain cytoarchitecture, neuronal injuries, and neurochemical changes resultant from traumatic insults. We aimed to evaluate the acute alteration of neurometabolites in complicated and uncomplicated mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patients in comparison to control subjects using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy). Material and Methods: Forty-eight subjects (23 complicated mTBI [cmTBI] patients, 12 uncomplicated mTBI [umTBI] patients, and 13 controls) underwent magnetic resonance imaging scan with additional single voxel spectroscopy sequence. Magnetic resonance imaging scans for patients were done at an average of 10 hours (standard deviation 4.26) post injury. The single voxel spectroscopy adjacent to side of injury and noninjury regions were analysed to obtain absolute concentrations and ratio relative to creatine of the neurometabolites. One-way analysis of variance was performed to compare neurometabolite concentrations of the three groups, and a correlation study was done between the neurometabolite concentration and Glasgow Coma Scale. Results: Significant difference was found in ratio of N-acetylaspartate to creatine (NAA/Cr + PCr) (χ2(2) = 0.22, P < .05) between the groups. The sum of NAA and N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) also shows significant differences in both the absolute concentration (NAA + NAAG) and ratio to creatine (NAA + NAAG/Cr + PCr) between groups (χ2(2) = 4.03, P < .05and (χ2(2) = 0.79, P < .05)). NAA values were lower in cmTBI and umTBI compared to control group. A moderate weak positive correlation were found between Glasgow Coma Scale with NAA/Cr + PCr (ρ = 0.36, P < .05 and NAA + NAAG/Cr + PCr (ρ = 0.45, P < .05)), whereas a moderate correlation was seen with NAA + NAAG (ρ = 0.38, P < .05). Conclusion: Neurometabolite alterations were already apparent at onset of both complicated and uncomplicated traumatic brain injury. The ratio of NAA and NAAG has potential to serve as a biomarker reflecting injury severity in a quantifiable manner as it discriminates between the complicated and uncomplicated cases of mTBI.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
University of Reading Malaysia
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