Dementia pugilistica explained
Dementia pugilistica, also called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or Boxer's syndrome, is caused by head trauma, such as that experienced by people who have been punched many times in the head during boxing.
The most common symptoms of the condition are dementia and parkinsonism, which can appear many years after the trauma ends.
Affected individuals may also develop poor coordination and slurred speech. A single traumatic brain injury may also lead to a disorder called post-traumatic dementia (PTD). PTD is much like dementia pugilistica but usually also includes long-term memory problems.
Other symptoms vary depending on which part of the brain was damaged by the injury.
pugilistica, also called chronic traumatic encephalopathy and punch-drunk
syndrome, is a form of neurological disorder which primarily affects
most common symptoms of the condition are dementia and parkinsonism caused
by repetitive blows to the head over a long period of time. Symptoms begin
anywhere between 6 and 40 years after the start of a boxing career, with
an average onset of about 16 years.
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