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Head trauma caused chronic traumatic encephalopathy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Can someone who has sustained a head trauma from a car accident get chronic traumatic encephalopathy? This happened to my mother a number of years ago. After her accident she began to exhibit the symptoms associated with CTE and eventually it turned into dementia. We were told that she had Alzheimer's disease and that she was going to get it eventually. The accident had made it come on sooner. I don't believe this. I think she had chronic traumatic encephalopathy that was caused by the accident. My mother is not with us today as she passed away at 68 years young.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr here
User :   hi
Doctor :   What were her symptoms ?
User :   dimentia
Doctor :   Did she have any other symptoms related to mood and behaviour ?
User :   yes ... anger... frustration ... moodiness
Doctor :   ok the symptoms do fit in but how were her motor skills
Doctor :   i mean walking , movements , any tremors ?
User :   They slowly deteriorated. She had tremors. Eventually, she couldn't walk, feed herself, wash herself or put herself to bed.
Doctor :   i do agree with you , symptoms are typical
Doctor :   and may i know some details about the accident to get some clue over the intensity of the affect
User :   She was in a van that lost control and flipped on its side. My mother wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown around the inside of the van and hit her head.
Doctor :   did she bleed internally in the cranium or brain ?
Doctor :   which would be presented by a CT scan
User :   I don't know. I wasn't told anything. I think she had a CT scan and the results were inconclusive.
Doctor :   ok, was she unconscious after the incident ?
User :   I don't know.
Doctor :   ok, but according to the symptoms and the history i have i go in favor of Dementia pugilistica ( CTE ) than Alzheimers
Doctor :   and there is a very thin demarkation between CTE and Alzhiemers
Doctor :   always the diagnosis is mistaken
Doctor :   but luckily the treatmetn for both is the same
User :   Are you saying she had chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
Doctor :   my probable diagnosis could be CTE than Alzheimers
User :   This took place over the span of 10 years. Does this make a difference?
Doctor :   no its typical
Doctor :   it do take 5 to 10 yrs to develop
User :   Is it safe to say then that if she had not sustained the head injury then she would be functioning normally today?
Doctor :   the amnger frutration and aggression makes the difference here
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