Dorsett, others reveal CTE symptoms

Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett confirmed he has been diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to concussions and the suicides of former football players.

Dorsett’s condition was revealed by doctors on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday, as were the diagnoses of fellow Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure and former All-Pro Leonard Marshall. Dorsett called in to ESPN’s “Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable” show and talked about what he’s going through, saying “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day.” Read article

NFL: PET Scan IDs Brain Damage in Players

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: January 22, 2013
Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner
A new imaging technique has allowed detection of tau protein abnormalities in the concussed brains of living retired football players that are identical to the autopsy findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in deceased athletes, researchers reported.

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