Could CTE Be Diagnosed in People Before Death?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy can only be tested post-mortem, but George Visger, who suffers from hydrocephalus, has offered his brain for testing next time he needs brain surgery.

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Posted on BrainLine January 8, 2013.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine, and Dan Edblom.

About the author: George Visger

A defensive lineman on the San Francisco 49ers’ first Super Bowl champions in 1981-82, George Visger has lived with a shunt in his brain ever since — a consequence of the cumulative concussions. He is now a prominent figure in the fight for fair treatment of retired NFL players.

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My two sons played Little League football in high school football they both have had problems I've seen them get hit in the head many many times and still they kept them in the game. They diagnosed him with schizophrenia but I don't find it a coincidence that both of them have it. Is there tests to show they have CTE