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Dement Neurocogn Disord. 2013 Sep;12(3):78-80. Korean.
Published online Sep 30, 2013.
© 2013 Korean Dementia Association
Dementia Pugilistica with Clinical Features of Frontotemporal Dementia and Parkinsonism: Case Report
YoungSoon Yang, M.D., JaeJeong Joo, M.D., JinHo Kang, M.D., SangWo Han, M.D., SangWon Ha, M.D., JungHo Han, M.D., EunKyung Cho, M.D. and DooEung Kim, M.D.
Department of Neurology, Veterans Hospital, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Address for correspondence: YoungSoon Yang, MD. Department of Neurology, Veterans Hospital, Seoul Medical Center, 6-2 Dunchon 2-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul 134-791, Korea. Tel: +82-2-2225-4106, Fax: +82-2-2225-4105, Email:
Received Sep 03, 2013; Revised Sep 09, 2013; Accepted Sep 09, 2013.

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Dementia pugilistica (DP) or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease or dementia that may affect amateur or professional boxers as well as athletes in other sports who suffer concussions. The condition is thought to affect around 15% to 20% of professional boxers and caused by repeated concussive or subconcussive blows. CTE was in the past referred to as dementia pugilistica, which reflected the prevailing notion that this condition was restricted to boxers. Recent research, however, has demonstrated neuropathological evidence of CTE in retired American football players, a professional wrestler, a professional hockey player and a soccer player, as well as in nonathletes. It is probable that many individuals are susceptible to CTE, including those who experience falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, epileptic seizures, or military combat, and that repeated mild closed head trauma of diverse origin is capable of instigating the neurodegenerative cascade leading to CTE. We report a 62-year old man suspicious of dementia pugilistica with clinical features of frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism.

Keywords: Dementia pugilistica; Chronic traumatic encephalopathy; Repeated head trauma


Fig. 1
Brain MR image shows cortical infarction and atrophy in both frontal and temporal lobes.
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Fig. 2
Brain PET-CT shows severe decreased uptake in bilateral frontotemporal lobes and moderate decreased uptake in bilateral parietal lobes with sparing of the occipital visual cortex, somatosensory and motor cortex, basal ganglia, thalamus and cerebellum.
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Fig. 3
FP-CIT PET shows decreased FP-CIT uptake in the bilateral posterior putamen with relative sparing of the ventral putamen.
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