Some head injuries can cause Dementia. As more and more sports injuries come about, health care professionals are finding this out. A couple of head injuries they have determined to date are Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Subdural Hematomas.
CTE was initially known as Dementia Pugilistica. It is caused by repeated traumatic brain injuries or TBI. Like I stated earlier, this has everything to do with specific sports. In this case, boxers or other sports players that have suffered from multiple concussions while playing contact sports.
Those who have CTE often develop poor coordination and slurred speech. Their other symptoms may be similar to those seen in Parkinson’s Disease.
The Dementia may occur 20 or more years after the TBI events. Brain atrophy and widespread deposits of tau aggregates are other characterizations of CTE. If your patient has this form of disease, they may display behavioral and/or mood changes even if Dementia has not yet begun and their brain has not yet atrophied. Even so, small focal deposits of tau are seen in the brain if they pass and have an autopsy.
As far as a subdural hematoma is concerned, these are common if an elderly individual falls. It is actually bleeding that occurs between the brain’s surface and its outer covering called the dura.
The subdural hematomas presents with Dementia-like symptoms. They show changes in mental functions. If subdural hematomas are determined and treated right away, some of the symptoms can even be reversed.
This is why a caregiver’s position is so needed – especially when they show that With Age Comes Respect.