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by Paul on 12/18/09 at 01:15 AM ET
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Even in death, Reggie Fleming’s brain is sending messages.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have determined the former NHL player, who endured multiple concussions during his career, suffered from degenerative brain disease at the time of his death. This marks the first time a hockey player has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and adds to the growing concern about the long-term effect of concussions in hockey and the price exacted by the game’s physical nature….
Fleming also suffered from strokes and a heart attack in his later years but his brain tissue showed “typical CTE pathology,” according to McKee.
“The changes in [Fleming’s] brain were very similar to the changes we’ve found in  football players and [five] boxers,” McKee said. “This case also points out that individuals who suffer from CTE are often misdiagnosed during life and may be told that they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disease, or later in life, from Alzheimer’s disease.”
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