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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a brain disorder caused by repeated blows to the head or multiple concussions. The Boston University CTE Center has extensively researched this condition and has published a wealth of information on the details of the condition. Due to the nature of how this condition occurs, it is common in athletes who play contact sports such as football, hockey, and boxing, as well as military veterans. The CTE has been a big topic of discussion and issue, especially in the NFL. According to Boston University’s CTE Center, the researchers found CTE in 99% of former NFL players in a 2017 study.
How is CTE fatal?
Although there is no cure for CTE itself, many of the individual symptoms caused by CTE can be treated. The disease causes degeneration of the brain tissue, which is irreversible.
What causes KTR?
According to Boston University’s CTE Research Center, repeated brain injury causes brain tissue to degenerate. This includes increased amounts of tau, which is an abnormal protein. These changes are not rapid, but they do occur over time after a brain injury. This degeneration parallels the usual symptoms of CTE, which include aggression, depression, increased confusion, memory loss, and parkinsonism (symptoms found in Parkinson’s disease).
What are the most common symptoms of CTE?
CTE starts gradually from multiple blows to the head over time or having a re-diagnosis of a concussion. Some of the most common symptoms include memory loss, mood changes, increased confusion, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, parkinsonism, aggression, and difficulty thinking. If a person sustains a head injury, it does not mean they will develop CTE, but evidence suggests that repetitive trauma does increase the risk of developing the condition. CTE is common in athletes. who play contact sports.
Is CTE reversible?
CTE is not reversible, although some symptoms such as depression and anxiety resulting from this condition can be treated on their own. The condition is still being studied extensively because there is no known cure. It is difficult to diagnose because the only way to make a correct diagnosis is through an analysis of the brain tissue, in which doctors look for signs of brain tissue degeneration, which cannot be done before death. Although it is impossible to see if someone has CTE with an MRI, CT scan, or any other brain scan, it is usually suspected by symptoms what the person is showing and their history of head injury.