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Monday, December 3, 2012

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy -- Football Injuries

Football players' disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), is again in the news as evidence mounts causally connection contact sport head trauma to the illnesses. 

The study included 35 former NFL (National Football League) players and revealed that 34 had CTE before their death. A class action lawsuit is pending by the NFL players for head trauma injuries.

"CTE is clinically associated with symptoms of irritability, impulsivity, aggression, depression, short-term memory loss and heightened suicidality that usually begin 8–10 years after experiencing repetitive mildtraumatic brain injury (McKee et al., 2009). With advancing disease, more severe neurological changes develop that include dementia, gait and speech abnormalities and parkinsonism. In late stages, CTE may be clinically mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia (Gavett et al., 2010, 2011). A subset of cases with CTE is associated with motor neuron disease (MND) (McKee et al., 2010)."

Read the complete research article: The spectrum of disease in chronic traumatic encephalopathy 10.1093/brain/aws307


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