chronic traumatic encephalopathy

noun

Definition of chronic traumatic encephalopathy 

: a progressive neurological disease that is found especially in athletes (such as boxers, wrestlers, or football players) who have experienced repetitive, mild injury to the brain and that is characterized by short-term memory loss, concentration deficits, confusion, depression, behavioral and personality changes (such as an increase in irritability, impulsivity, or aggression), speech and gait abnormalities, parkinsonism, and dementia abbreviation CTE

called also dementia pugilistica, punch-drunk syndrome

Note: The neurological deterioration of chronic traumatic encephalopathy is accompanied by atrophy of the frontal and temporal lobes and accumulation of tau protein in neurofibrillary tangles.

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It's been three years since Kathie Lee Gifford's husband Frank tragically passed away at 84 after battling chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative brain disease. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kathie Lee Gifford’s Daughter Shares Touching Photo of Her Father Three Years After His Death," 10 Aug. 2018 The parents of Tyler Hilinski said that an autopsy revealed that the Washington State quarterback had chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his suicide in January. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "Autopsy reveals Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski had CTE when he committed suicide, his parents say," 26 June 2018 The disease most often linked to brain damage and football players is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Kellen Winslow Jr.'s Attorneys Use Football-Induced Brain Injury as Defense for Alleged Crimes?," 16 June 2018 Boston University researchers found chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease known as CTE, in Ploetz's brain. Jesse Dougherty, chicagotribune.com, "Former Alabama player Les Williams is one of more than 100 suing NCAA over brain injuries," 3 July 2018 By donating about an hour of their time, current and former NFL players in the Phoenix area have the opportunity on Monday to help researchers diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the living. Kent Somers, azcentral, "NFL players sought for study to detect CTE in the living," 6 June 2018 The family in those interviews said the autopsy results indicated that their son had signs of extensive brain damage known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has been found in hundreds of former NFL players. CBS News, "Tyler Hilinski, Washington State football player, had brain damage at time of suicide," 26 June 2018 But that’s just semantics after Tuesday’s news that Hilinski had the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Football kills. No other conclusion after autopsy finds CTE in college player," 26 June 2018 His parents blame the changes in his brain on chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a traumatic and degenerative brain disease detected in many older athletes. Deborah Horne, ajc, "Washington State football player had brain damage at suicide," 28 June 2018

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chronic traumatic encephalopathy

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Medical Definition of chronic traumatic encephalopathy 

: a progressive neurological disease that is found especially in athletes (as boxers, wrestlers, or football players) who have experienced repetitive, typically minor injury (as concussion) to the brain and is characterized by short-term memory loss, concentration deficits, confusion, depression, behavioral and personality changes (such as an increase in irritability, impulsivity, or aggression), speech and gait abnormalities, parkinsonism, and dementia abbreviation CTE

called also dementia pugilistica, punch-drunk syndrome

Note: The neurological deterioration of chronic traumatic encephalopathy is accompanied by atrophy of the frontal and temporal lobes and accumulation of tau protein in neurofibrillary tangles.

… it is only in the past decade that scientists have identified the problem in American football players. They have also been able to identify, on autopsy, pathological markers for the disease, now called chronic traumatic encephalopathy— Jeffrey Bartholet, Scientific American, February 2012 [Dr. Robert] Cantu said that symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy include depression and erratic behavior, but he declined to speculate on any role the condition played in Benoit's final violent acts.— Alan Schwarz, The New York Times, 6 Sept. 2007

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