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What is punch drunk syndrome?

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Punch drunk syndrome, or dementia pugilistica, or boxer's syndrome is also called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This condition is common among boxers. It is caused by head trauma and the condition typically develops about 16 years after the initial head injury.

A patient with CTE develops tangles and threads in his or her brain that are similar to those found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. In its later stages, patients with CTE develop symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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