'Multifaceted pathology' underlies dementia in chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Head impacts and atherosclerosis both likely have an effect on risk, researchers say

Neuropathological changes associated with dementia in men with chronic traumatic encephalopathy are only partially related to trauma, a post-mortem study shows.

American football

US researchers investigated the association of white matter pathological changes and cerebrovascular disease with dementia in the brains of 180 deceased older men with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) who had played American football.

They focused on atherosclerosis, infarcts, microinfarcts, microbleeds and white matter rarefaction.

Of the 180 men who