First Living Person Diagnosed with CTE
First Living Person Diagnosed with CTE

For the first time, researchers have diagnosed a living person with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is the degenerative brain disease that can develop after repetitive trauma to the head, which presents with Alzheimer’s like symptoms including memory loss, mood swings and suicidal thoughts.

Dr. Bennet Omalu—the man who discovered CTE—was the lead author on the study. He reported that the study subject was former FNL player Fred McNeill, who died in 2015.

Experimental Technology Identifies CTE in Living Subjects

Repeated head trauma can cause tau proteins to build up in the brain—the main identifier of CTE. Originally this buildup of protein could only be seen in an autopsy. However, Omalu’s team has developed an experimental technology that uses a radioactive tracer to bind to tau proteins in the brain. These proteins can then be seen in a brain scan. The technology has been used on other former NFL players, but McNeill’s case is the first to be confirmed with an autopsy.

Omalu and his team are raising money to begin a clinical trial to test the technology. If the tests go well, Omalu says a commercial test could be available in less than 5 years.

“This study is an important step toward helping people suffering from CTE,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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