Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a type of dementia associated with repeated blows to the head and recurrent episodes of concussion.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is particularly associated with contact sports, such as boxing or American football. Most of the available studies are based on ex-athletes.
It was previously known as "punch drunk" syndrome and dementia pugilistica. However,these terms are no longer used as it's now known that the condition isn't confined to ex-boxers.
There's still some debate about how widespread chronic traumatic encephalopathy is and how it should be diagnosed.
Currently, there are only supportive treatments available and research is focused on finding a reliable technique to diagnose the condition.
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Read about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of dementia associated with repeated blows to the head and recurrent episodes of concussion.
The symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy may be similar to those seen in other types of dementia , particularly Alzheimer's disease . Symptoms typically begin gradually several years after re
If you're worried about your memory or think you may have dementia, it's a good idea to see your GP. If you're worried about someone else, you should encourage them to make an appointment and perhaps
As chronic traumatic encephalopathy shares many features with other neurodegenerative conditions, there's currently no test available to diagnose the condition. A diagnosis is usually based on a hist