Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about the diagnosis and treatment of CTE.

What causes CTE?

CTE is very distinct in that it is a slowly progressive degeneration of the brain that's due to environmental causes, most often head injuries. Most specifically, we think of it in terms of sports, especially contact collision sports such as football, hockey or rugby, but it also occurs in the military where the soldiers are exposed to blast injuries or falls or other head trauma. In general though, we're going to see it largely just in the athletic population.

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Source: Michael Barrow, MD, Premier Health Family Care - North