dementia pugilistica

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boxer's dementia

dementia resulting from cumulative damage sustained over some years in boxing, with slowed thought, memory loss, dysarthria, and other movement disorders.

dementia pugilistica

(pyo͞o′jə-lĭs′tĭ-kə)
n.
A condition seen especially in boxers, caused by repeated cerebral concussions and characterized by weakness in the lower limbs, unsteadiness of gait, slowness of muscular movements, hand tremors, hesitancy of speech, and cognitive impairment.
Boxers’ encephalopathy refers to the constellation of major neuropsychologic defects in amateur and career boxers—affecting 10–20% of the latter group—and is the cumulative result of recurrent brain damage and progressive communicating hydrocephalus due to extrapyramidal and cerebellar lesions. Wechsler and Bender Gestalt testing reveals variable organic mental disease and impaired short-term memory, dysarthria, nystagmus, reasoning ability, and motor skills. Acute boxing injuries include cerebral oedema, ischemia, and temporal or uncal herniation

dementia pugilistica

Traumatic dementia, i.e., encephalopathy or an organic brain syndrome caused by closed head injury. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as “boxer's brain.”
See also: dementia
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However, his boxing career was cut short when he developed a form of Pugilistic Dementia, which caused him to have chronic headaches, slowed motor skills, slurred speech, shaky hands, and impaired vision.
While multiple reports indicate that Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and required full-time care late in life, a Griffith historian told the (http://www.
There was more crying than laughing, of course, because of yet another in a long line of deaths in the Quarry family since 1999, when former heavyweight contender Jerry Quarry at 53 died of pugilistic dementia, the same illness that claimed Mike's life on June 11 at 55.
Bowe used pugilistic dementia as part of his defence against charges of kidnapping his wife and kids.
Wilma Pearson can't be sure, but she believes that a fight her late brother Mike Quarry had in March 1978 played a big role in his becoming afflicted with pugilistic dementia, which ultimately killed him June 11 at age 55.
Courageous Chacon: Fraser talked about Chacon, who for years has suffered from a bad case of pugilistic dementia, or punch-drunk syndrome.
The facility would house up to 25 retired boxers - those who are homeless, need help for drug dependency or treatment for pugilistic dementia, ``punch-drunk syndrome,'' which dulls their motor skills, affects their balance and weakens their short-term memory.
And he knows former champions Wilfredo Benitez, Jerry Quarry and Bobby Chacon, who are lost in the world of pugilistic dementia.