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Shah Scrubs SmallBy Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS

It's no secret to my family, my patients, or fellow Eagles fans, that I'm a huge football fan. I'm also a neurosurgeon with a special interest in concussions and football injuries. That's why I'm pleased to be a regular guest on WBCB's Pro Football Report with Merrill Reese.

It provides an opportunity to reach a large audience of Eagles fans like me and give medical insights into what football injury reports actually mean as well as to discuss high school sports.

In this recent interview with Merril he asked me about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) a chronic degenerative disease which is showing up in professional athletes. In particular it seems to affect football and hockey players.Listen to the podcast below.

Merrill Reese - Dr. Shah regarding concussions there is a term we often hear CTE. Exactly what is this?

Dr. Shah - Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE is brain damage from repeated trauma. This is a known type of pathology and diagnosis. That Physicians who deal with concussions are very familiar with it. It is real and has been proven through specimens done by pathologists. It a chronic condition of encephalopathy or altered mentation that occurs with repeated brain injuries. It is still a hot topic and highly controversial. The most important thing to understand is that if you are injured in the brain including a concussion, you must fully heal in order to avoid permanent brain damage,

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that is found in athletes or other people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as subconcussive hits to the head that result in no apparent symptoms. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, in the past few years, reports have been published of confirmed CTE in the brains of retired professional football players and other athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau. Changes in the brain may begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement. CTE is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.

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