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Current and future bioanalytical approaches for stroke assessment

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Efforts are underway to develop novel platforms for stroke diagnosis to meet the criteria for effective treatment within the narrow time window mandated by the FDA-approved therapeutic (<3 h). Blood-based biomarkers could be used for rapid stroke diagnosis and coupled with new analytical tools, could serve as an attractive platform for managing stroke-related diseases. In this review, we will discuss the physiological processes associated with stroke and current diagnostic tools as well as their associated shortcomings. We will then review information on blood-based biomarkers and various detection technologies. In particular, point of care testing that permits small blood volumes required for the analysis and rapid turn-around time measurements of multiple markers will be presented.

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