Brain Scan Finds CTE in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study - NBC New York

Brain Scan Finds CTE in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study

So far, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is by looking at the brain after death

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    For the first time, researchers have identified a case of CTE inside a living person. CTE is a degenerative brain disease believed to be linked to head injuries like concussions. (Published Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017)

    The "unique pattern" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the debilitating brain disease known as CTE, has been found for the first time in a patient before he died, NBC News reported.

    It was detected in a brain scan of former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, according to the doctors behind a study published in the journal Neurosurgery last week. The scan could lead to the development of treatments for the incurable disease.

    CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head, and has been found in many dead NFL players' brains, including former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April before a murder conviction against him was cleared.

    So far, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is by looking at the brain after death, but a 2012 scan of McNeill's brain that seemed to show protein deposits characteristic of CTE was confirmed in an autopsy after McNeill died last year.

    BU Study Shows Extent of CTE in NFL Players

    [NATL-NECN] BU Study Shows Extent of CTE in NFL Players

    Ninety-nine percent of the 111 former NFL players whose brains were analyzed had CTE.

    (Published Friday, July 28, 2017)