Head Injury symptoms may be caused by damage to pituitary gland

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Symptoms of pituitary deficiency were similar to post concussion syndrome, eg: memory and concentration problems, lethargy, depression, weight gain, loss of libido, sexual function and poor initiation.
He was asked if a screening program should be implemented to check for this but unfortunately it is not due to funding resources. A test may be conducted when the patient is first admitted to A&E following injury.  However, the test result may show a problem but this could be the bodies initial response to the trauma rather than damage to the pituitary gland. A person needs to be retested several months later but this is where the system fails as few are referred back for re testing. By this time the neurosurgeon, like Dr Beli may no longer be involved in the patients care. Instead, following hospitalisation they are discharged to the care of their GP who may not consider it as the cause of symptoms.  An endocrinologist would need to carry out the test and review the results.

Pituitary deficiency leads to hormone imbalance which can be corrected by treatment. Unfortunately, Dr Beli said that these symptoms seldom get addressed.

 If you have suffered a head injury and have these symptoms, it might be worth asking your GP to be tested.   If the pituitary gland is damaged medication may help.

Dr Beli was speaking at the South Of England Acquired Brain Injury Forum meeting last week.

Claire Howard
Partner - Personal Injury Team.

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