Study Says Brain Trauma Can Mimic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS)



In a paper to be published tomorrow in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, researchers at the BU School of Medicine have found that the spinal markings of two deceased National Football League players who were diagnosed as having ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, did not have ALS. Rather, they showed the marking of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a potentially fatal disease caused by repeated concussions.

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