Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

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

What is CTE?

CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is damage of the brain due to trauma — essentially, head injuries. It's chronic in nature, so it's not the type of thing you're going to see right after an injury. CTE comes along over time and basically is a degeneration of the brain. Over time the brain will start to shrink up and there will be extra material, called tau protein, laid down. This process chokes off blood vessels and brain cells so that over time the brain starts to shrivel up and deteriorate.

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