Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a brain condition that has been associated with repeated blows to the head and the development of dementia. It affects thinking and memory.
What are the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
More research is needed to fully understand CTE, but as of now, the symptoms are understood to be confusion, changes in personality, memory loss, issues with organizing thoughts and paying attention, problems with balance and motor skills, and erratic behaviors.
What causes chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
Repetitive brain trauma is shown to cause this condition. Football players have been some of the most well-known cases of CTE, due to years of brain trauma while playing.
How is chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosed?
As of now, the only way to diagnose CTE is through an autopsy after one has passed away. If it is suspected while one is still alive, doctors will use neurological exams, brain imaging, mental status testing, and other tests to rule out other conditions.
What are the treatments for chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
There is no treatment for CTE. The best thing to do is prevent it by avoiding repeated brain trauma.