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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More Essays Much remains unknown about concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)—a neurodegenerative disease that kills brain cells and causes cognitive deficits, behavioral change and dementia. Rob Ruck, WSJ, "The Samoan Way of Football," 20 July 2018 Beyond pain management, those advocating for marijuana’s use in the NFL point to research into the possibility the drug can be used to combat chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Martellus Bennett: 'About 89%' of NFL players use marijuana," 11 Apr. 2018 The condition Webster had was chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Jason Hairston’s wife Kirstyn Hairston opened up about the former NFL player's struggle with worsening symptoms related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) just weeks before his suicide. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Jason Hairston’s wife says ex-NFL player struggled with CTE symptoms weeks before suicide," 9 Sep. 2018 The former linebacker also spoke openly about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others who have repetitive brain trauma. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Jason Hairston, ex-NFL player and Donald Trump Jr.'s hunting partner, dead at 47 after years of battling CTE symptoms," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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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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