Point: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Real Disease, but Not a New One

November 3, 2016
(est. publication date)
AANS Neurosurgeon

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a term applied to a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative illness occurring in some individuals who have experienced repeated concussive or sub-concussive traumatic brain injuries (1-4). The term and the diagnosis have come to considerable public attention and ignited controversy because of the description of CTE cases in former athletes who played American football professionally in the U.S. or who played professional hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL) (1-5). It is also now an important consideration among armed services members subjected to repeated concussions in training or in combat.

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