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Evaluating and treating neurobehavioral symptoms in professional American football players

  • Author(s): Gardner, RC
  • Possin, KL
  • Hess, CP
  • Huang, EJ
  • Grinberg, LT
  • Nolan, AL
  • Cohn-Sheehy, BI
  • Ghosh, PM
  • Lanata, S
  • Merrilees, J
  • Kramer, JH
  • Berger, MS
  • Miller, BL
  • Yaffe, K
  • Rabinovici, GD
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2015 American Academy of Neurology. Summary In the aftermath of multiple high-profile cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in professional American football players, physicians in clinical practice are likely to face an increasing number of retired football players seeking evaluation for chronic neurobehavioral symptoms. Guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of these patients are sparse. Clinical criteria for a diagnosis of CTE are under development. The contribution of CTE vs other neuropathologies to neurobehavioral symptoms in these players remains unclear. Here we describe the experience of our academic memory clinic in evaluating and treating a series of 14 self-referred symptomatic players. Our aim is to raise awareness in the neurology community regarding the different clinical phenotypes, idiosyncratic but potentially treatable symptoms, and the spectrum of underlying neuropathologies in these players.

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