It's a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries over the years that may include concussions.
CTE has been found on people who played football and other contact sports, including boxing and also in military personnel who were exposed to explosives. Experts are still trying to study all the factors that can trigger the negative changes in the brain to develop Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Even if your head has been hit a few times, it doesn't mean you'll get CTE, but it is better that you should know the signs.
The most common cause of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is repeated head trauma.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy can cause areas of the brain to wear out (atrophy).
People with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy may have signs of another neurodegenerative disease.
Following are some symptoms of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE):
Short-term memory loss
The symptoms of CTE do not develop immediately after a head injury; they can develop after years of repeated head trauma.
Depression and aggression are some of the personality changes associated with this condition can be very difficult to understand or manage so a commonly leads to other problems such as alcohol and/or drug abuse or suicide.
It is believed that the main risk factor for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is repeated head injuries.
People who have repeated head trauma are at risk for CTE:
Boxers and wrestlers
Athletes who take part in contact sports, such as football, hockey, and soccer
People with Epilepsy or who have been victims of domestic abuse have also reported cases of CTE.
Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
There is no way to diagnose for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; tests can be performed in suspected cases of patients who are at high risk of suffering from this disease due to repeated head injuries.
Diagnosis requires the deterioration of brain tissue, deposits of tau, and other proteins in the brain that can be visualized with a scan after death (autopsy).
Treatment of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
There's no treatment for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; specialists need to do more research on the procedures. However, one of the measures is to prevent head injury.
Learn about steps to detect and manage traumatic brain injury.
Prevention of ETC
If you or your kid play a contact sport:
Use the appropriate equipment
Play on the proper field
Learn the proper technique for your sport
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