Concussion, dementia and CTE: are we getting it very wrong?

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

Published online: 10 April 2017

Alan Carson

There has been a large media interest over the recent years in the long-term health effects of concussive injuries sustained by sportsman, culminating in a Hollywood movie ‘Concussion’ starring Will Smith. Hardly a week goes by without further studies being announced in the media and creating considerable interest in social media. The message is that concussion is a dangerous condition that causes a complex neuropsychiatric disorder, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), with a neuropsychiatric phenotype of mood change, irritability and suicidal behaviour which develops…

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