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.
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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.
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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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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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By the age of 50, he was suffering from dementia pugilistica, severe brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head.
(1,2) It has been recognized in dementia pugilistica, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, cerebellar ataxia, granulomatous angiitis, rheumatoid vasculitis, giant cell arteritis, post-irradiation necrosis, vascular malformations, spongiform encephalopathy, other rare degenerative dementias, and in adults with Down's syndrome.
Fontaine was, without doubt, suffering from dementia pugilistica: to use layman's terms, he was punch-drunk, badly punch-drunk.
While he is a long way from dementia pugilistica, why tempt fate when there is nothing left to prove?