Frequently Asked Questions about
Chronic Taumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Click on the questions below to learn from Dr. Stern the answers to some common questions about CTE.
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What’s the difference between CTE and Alzheimer’s disease (AD)?
Although there are some similarities between CTE and AD, significant differences exist. The symptoms of CTE generally present earlier than the symptoms of AD. The symptoms of CTE generally present in one’s 40s, while symptoms in most AD cases generally present in one’s 60s. The first and most central symptoms in AD involve memory problems, while the first symptoms of CTE generally involve problems with judgment, reasoning, problem solving, impulse control, and aggression. In addition, these diseases are found to be different in postmortem neuropathological findings.