What is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy? (Definition)
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have suffered from repeated concussions or severe blows to the head. The disease was previously called dementia pugilistica, and was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in contact sports such as American football, rugby, ice hockey, boxing, professional wrestling, rodeo, etc. who have experienced repeated concussions or other brain trauma.
The brain of an individual who suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy gradually deteriorates and will over time end up losing mass.
Some of the most common symptoms include loss of memory, difficulty controlling impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, behavioral disturbances including aggression and depression, difficult with balance, and a gradual onset of dementia.
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