Director, Pituitary Injury Foundation
Our Founder, Scott Blair, is on a mission. He is trying to spread the word about the prevalence of pituitary injuries that result from brain injuries. For the last 15 years, pituitary injuries and their significant effects have been recognized in the research sector of medicine, but this knowledge has been slow to materialize in the day to day treatment of those with brain injuries.
As an attorney who for 20+ years has represented brain injured persons and helped them get their lives back together, he thought he had seen pretty much every type of brain injury. In 2013, while representing a gentleman with a concussion from a car-bike collision, this man seemingly improved from his concussion after a couple months and appeared to be well on his way to a full recovery. His physical injuries had improved quite a bit, and the cognitive fog was clearing up. However, at the four month mark, things took a turn for the worse. He went from an energetic, outgoing business man to a withdrawn, hermit like individual who was fatigued all the time. The cognitive fog returned, and he also noticed he completely lost his libido. Nobody seemed to know what was wrong with him, because these were not classic traumatic brain injury symptoms, and besides, the TBI symptoms had already cleared up, so why would they suddenly get worse? When this man was eventually referred to an endocrinologist who had seen other folks with TBIs have similar problems, he knew right away what was wrong-it was a pituitary injury. Worse yet, Scott learned from the endocrinologist that pituitary injuries are present in 30-50% of all TBI cases. The good news he learned was that there is help for those with pituitary injuries, and he was able to help his client get all the medical help he needed for the rest of his life.
This was the first time Scott had ever heard of a pituitary injury and the devastating effects it could have on a TBI victim. Why hadn’t any of the neurologists or medical doctors he had worked with over the years in TBI cases ever mentioned this pervasive type of injury? How many TBI victims were in the same boat as this client, suffering from TBI symptoms that only and endocrinologist was able to diagnose? Why was there so little written about this, and so little public awareness about traumatically induced pituitary injuries? Nobody seemed to have any good answers. Neurologists and endocrinologists did not seem to talk to each other about pituitary injuries, leaving patients with pituitary injuries caught between the two professions.
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. Secondly, to raise awareness in the general population about the prevalence of pituitary injuries in all manner of head injuries so that patients now know how to ask for the appropriate testing to rule out pituitary injuries or get appropriate treatment if they have one. And third, to raise funds to provide microgrants to brain injury organizations for the purpose of educating those who might have pituitary injuries so they can get the treatment they need to get their quality of life back and become productive citizens again.
Scott is a committed advocate for those with pituitary injuries, and for the past 2-3 years, has been speaking to a number of medical, legal and non-profit organizations about pituitary injuries and how those who have them can get the help they need so they do not need to suffer in silence.