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Chronic traumatic encephalopathy may develop in two ways

A study involving prospective and postmortem data has revealed that individuals who sustain traumatic brain injuries may develop disorders related to their mood and behavior, while others develop brain disease by cognitive impairment. By knowing how brain injuries may develop into serious disorders, Wisconsin doctors and patients may be able to predict the effects that these injuries may cause.

The study assessed data regarding patients who suffered from a variety of brain injuries. Nearly all of the patients who had chronic traumatic encephalopathy suffered from cognitive impairment, cognitive disorders, mood disorders and behavioral disorders. About 66 percent of the patients who developed mood and behavioral disorders while they were younger died at a younger age. This condition can currently only be diagnosed after a person dies, so doctors and researchers are unable to consider treatments or cures for the disease. However, the researchers of the new study say that their goal is to try to create a model of what a patient looks like while they are still alive and suffering from the condition. This will allow them to possibly diagnose and treat people for the disorder.

Individuals who suffer from CTE may have impaired cognition skills, disturbances to their mood and behavior, chronic headaches, cerebellar dysfunction and motor dysfunction. Every CTE case that was confirmed up to this point has involved patients who have a history of repeated brain trauma, like boxers and soldiers. The researchers found that individuals who developed behavioral or mood disorders demonstrated symptoms at a much younger age than individuals who developed cognitive impairment.

Wisconsin personal injury attorneys may be able to help individuals who have sustained serious brain injuries. They may be able to help victims file a lawsuit to request compensation for the injury, including the cost of medical expenses, rehabilitation and therapy.

Source: Medpage Today, "Behavior Changes Show Up Early in Traumatic Brain Injury", Charles Bankhead, August 21, 2013

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