PITUITARY INJURY FOUNDATION
The Pituitary injury Foundation was established to help educate the public about the importance of pituitary injuries caused by trauma, and the significant effects these injuries can have on people who may not even know they have one. By educating those involved in the brain injury community, we believe that less people will slip through the medical system with unrecognized pituitary injuries, and they will get the treatment they need to once again feel as much like they did before their brain injury.
PITUITARY INCIDENTS ARISING FROM TBI
originally published on endocrine.org
At Johns Hopkins University, neuroendocrinologist Gary Wand, MD, treats about four patients a year who experience pituitary dysfunction due to TBI, including professional athletes and war veterans. He stresses that when there are endocrine deficits, the most important of the impaired endocrine system is the pituitary’s control over the adrenal axis, the stress hormone system, and the production of cortisol.
Whenever person has head trauma, whether it comes from a car crash, a fall, from playing sports, or even a blast injury from serving in the military, the brain inside the skull is subjected to what is called a coup-contrecoup type injury. That is a fancy French term for the sudden side to side movement of the brain within the skull when the head is impacted.
Director, Pituitary Injury Foundation
To help raise public awareness about pituitary injuries, Scott started the Pituitary Injury Foundation to accomplish several important goals. First, to help raise awareness in the medical profession about the prevalence of pituitary injuries in conjunction with TBI injuries, and what treatment resources are available to those with traumatic injuries to their pituitary.