Boxers' encephalopathy | definition of boxers' encephalopathy by Medical dictionary
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
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boxers' encephalopathy Dementia pugilistica Sports medicine Boxing causes major neuropsychologic defects in its long-term practitioners when tested by the Wechsler and Bender Gestalt tests, causing variable organic mental disease and impaired short-term memory, dysarthria, nystagmus, reasoning ability, and motor skills; CT evidence of cortical atrophy Acute boxing injuries Cerebral edema, ischemia, and temporal or uncal herniation. See Blood sport, Broughton rules, Marquis of Queensbury rules, 'Punch-drunk' syndrome.
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