Death to the Brain: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)


Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is like scar tissue of the brain. If you suffer microscopic lesions due to sudden acceleration and deceleration movements of the brain—commonly involved with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), over time these lesions form scar tissue which chokes that part of the brain from nourishing blood and oxygen flow. This can lead to death of that part of the brain—encephalopathy.

Repeated concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) involved with sports like boxing, football, and wrestling would lead to higher occurrences of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). But Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can occur with repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBI), as well.

Depending upon which parts of the brain are affected by Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the neuropsychological sequelae can range from depression to memory loss to dementia.

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