Diffuse axonal injury in a rugby player

J. Raisanen, D. F. Ghougassian, M. Moskvitch, C. Lawrence

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Sections of the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brain stem of a rugby player who died 15 hours after being tackled were stained using an immunoperoxidase technique to detect beta-amyloid protein. The sections of the pons showed axonal spheroids in the base, and those of the cerebellum showed axonal spheroids in deep white matter. The findings demonstrated axonal injury following a fall from the victim's height in a team sporting event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-72
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999


  • Brain
  • Central nervous system
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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