punch-drunk syndrome

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

punch-drunk syndrome

Boxer's encephalopathy, dementia pugilistica Neurology A syndrome affecting 10–20% of professional boxers, which is the cumulative result of recurrent brain damage and progressive communicating hydrocephalus due to extrapyramidal and cerebellar lesions that translate into dysarthria, ataxia, tremors, pyramidal lesions–causing mental deterioration and personality changes–eg, rage reaction and morbid jealousy–'Othello syndrome'. See Boxing. Cf Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Torture, Vascular dementia.
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The boxer had been diagnosed with dementia pugilistica - more commonly known as punch-drunk syndrome - which is thought to affect up to 20% of boxers who retire after long careers.
Some members of Mike's family are unhappy that he spent the last eight months of his life on a tranquilizer that helped control behavioral problems associated with his condition, also known as punch-drunk syndrome.
Courageous Chacon: Fraser talked about Chacon, who for years has suffered from a bad case of pugilistic dementia, or punch-drunk syndrome.