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One of those reasons is that at this point it is impossible to know
if a person has suffered from CTE until his or her brain tissue can be
examined after death. Obviously, this means that there is no chance of
having it diagnosed at a point where it can be managed, and it also
means that there is currently no treatment available for CTE. However,
that could be starting to change based on the results of a study that were recently shared with the public.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, which is one
of the leading research centers in the world with regards to traumatic
brain injuries, have recently released the results of a study that could
begin the process of identifying early symptoms of CTE. The full text
of the study can be found at this link,
and at this point any commonality between people who have suffered from
CTE could help doctors recognize it in those who are still alive.
The researchers looked at 36 high-level athletes who participated in
collision sports such as football and hockey who were diagnosed with CTE
after they died. They asked fa mily members
of these subjects to look back and identify any noticeable changes in
those athletes that may have had something to do with the development of
CTE. They found some interesting information that could lead to more
study of these specific findings in the future.
The researchers found that three of the athletes died without having
exhibited any outward symptoms. However, 11 of the athletes initially
showed symptoms that included problems with memory and decision-making.
The athletes who initially showed those symptoms began to display them
at an older age than the other group.
The ‘other group’ consisted of 22 athletes. This group showed
symptoms that included mood and behavior problems that involved
depression, expressions of hopelessness or even acting out in violent
and irrational manners. Those who showed these symptoms first tended to
show them at a much earlier age than the athletes who initially
struggled with memory and decision-making.
While the sample size of this study is obviously small, it is a start
and it could lead to additional discoveries that will hopefully deliver
some help to people who suffer from CTE. The attorneys at the Scarlett Law Group have been serving clients as traumatic brain injury lawyers
for 25 years, and we have seen firsthand the damage that this type of
harm can inflict on people. We hope to see the enemy that is TBI
defeated someday soon.