Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a 25 year old football player: a case report

Written by Alice Weatherston

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative tauopathy, caused by multiple head impacts. The condition can only be diagnosed during autopsy following death. Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (MA, USA) recently reported the case of a man who experienced more than 10 concussions while playing football over a period of 16 years. The report was published in the journal JAMA Neurology. The authors report that this is the first autopsy-confirmed case of CTE to include neuropsychological testing, which can be utilized to document the type of cognitive issues that are associated with CTE. The 25 year old man experienced...

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