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Pipeline-Neuro forms to develop rapid CSF detection kit

NeuroPro Technologies : 09 May, 2007  (New Product)
NeuroPro Technologies and Pipeline Biomedical have signed an agreement to form a new company, Pipeline-Neuro, to develop and commercialise a rapid test for detecting cerebrospinal fluid.
The new company will begin development immediately.

'An accurate, rapid test for detecting cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has been needed in the healthcare marketplace for a long time', says Robert Cohen, president and CEO of Pipeline-Neuro.

He stated, 'Such a test will help emergency room doctors and neurosurgeons rapidly detect CSF leaks that can lead to dangerous infections in the brain or spine'.

Each year in the USA, over 1 million people are treated and released from hospital emergency departments with traumatic head injuries.

An additional 230,000 people are hospitalised with traumatic head injuries.
Two to three percent of head injuries will result in the occurrence of CSF leaks.

NeuroPro founder and practicing neurosurgeon Benjamin J Remington, MD, said, 'Determining whether there is a CSF leak is a critical point in the diagnosis of a head injury'.

'A quick and accurate answer helps the patient get the right treatment immediately and can help avoid unnecessary expenses'.

Current methods of positively identifying CSF take two days to two weeks for results, during which time the doctor may admit the patient and needlessly treat them for a CSF leak.
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