A brain-imaging technique developed by researchers at UCLA recently may
hold the key to diagnosing patients with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
(CTE), a condition that results from multiple
traumatic brain injuries (TBI) over a period of time, according to a recent report in
Medical News Today.
The technique uses PET scans to identify the presence of unusual tau proteins
inside the brain. The presence of these proteins is linked to CTE and
to other degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
Prior to the development of the brain-scan testing, the only way to locate
and identify the telltale tau proteins was through an autopsy –
meaning that patients could not be definitively diagnosed until their
conditions had already proven fatal.
UCLA researchers have already used the method to examine the brains of
several professional football players, some of whom were showing other
symptoms of CTE after years of brain injuries on the field. Symptoms of
this condition include confusion, depression, memory loss, mood problems,
suicidal ideation, and progressive dementia, along with physical difficulties
like problems with walking and tremors. Researchers believe that early
detection of tau particles can lead to earlier and more effective treatment,
which may save or prolong patients’ lives.
When a traumatic brain injury occurs, it’s important to consider
not only the current injury but also its effects on your future life.
But you don’t have to make these kinds of plans alone. At Van Der
Walde & Associates, our compassionate San Jose traumatic brain injury
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