Mayo Clinic Connect
Dr. Jennifer Maynard, a family and sports medicine physician, and Dr. Kevin Bieniek, a neuropathologist, discuss concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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Is it unusual for headaches and dizziness to reappear after seemingly being recovered, 3 to 4 months after the concussion?
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Does anxiety make symptoms of a concussion return? What is the relationship of anxiety and concussions?
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How close are we to finally having a reliable test in the living?
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@newlyformedmindset and @trish887 thank you for your questions. They have been submitted.
Will you be looking at other areas than can cause CTE rather than just sports? Such as Domestic Violence, Veterans etc.
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Hi @lorna2. I sent your question to Dr. Bieniek and his response is: When we evaluate cases for CTE, we do measure and analyze other sources of head trauma. We record incidental and acute traumatic brain injury information (example: head trauma from a fall, motor vehicle accident, assault, etc.) as well as pertinent military-related information [example: branch, conflict, combat/non-combat, accolades (Purple Heart, Bronze Star, etc.)]. This information will help us better understand CTE in veterans and whether CTE is observed in cases with acute/incidental head trauma without other exposures (like sport and military-related).
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Hi @newlyformedmindset, thanks for watching! Here is Dr. Bieniek’s answer: With the interest and financial support CTE research has and continues to receive, I would hope to see a preliminary diagnostic solution within the next 5 years. However, to fully understand the rigor, sensitivity, and specificity of neuroimaging or biofluid diagnostic approaches, I believe research validating these techniques against autopsy (the gold standard) will take at least 10 years.
I had encephalitis and short term memory. I was placed on antidepressants I was having gait problems and still today. Then I was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis and then hepatic encephalopathy. Is this normal from a brain injury and concussions. And if you have tremors and pass out can it be a seizures or concussion. And if all your test are normal does that rule out concussion. But now my memory has comeback can that happen after years of brain injuries. And is there medicines beside antidepressants for brain injuries and if you still have headaches is that a concern for continued brain injuries.
Hey @techi, I sent your comment to Dr. Maynard and she said it was out of her realm of expertise as a Family and Sports Medicine physician. She recommends asking your neurologist.
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