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A 29-year-old male asked:

When me and my cousin were younger he used to slap my head for fun for nearly 5 years. weird i know but we were in our early teens. the slaps weren't hard most of the time, they didn't cause swelling, pain, or concussions. will i get cte or dementia?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Most children experience a variety of closed head injuries, and these do not eventuate in brain damage. Unlikely that your history will lead to CTE. Cannot predict your future risk of dementia, but about 50% of Americans will experience dementia by age 85.

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Last updated Jun 14, 2021

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