TBI: its effect on the pituitary and hormones

Today our subject is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the effects they can have on the pituitary gland and endocrine system. Joining Dr. Blevins and I is Dr. Kevin Yuen, a world-renowned endocrinologist, and PWN contributor.

Many studies have shown that a high percentage of patients who suffer mild, moderate, or severe TBI’s can have some form of pituitary dysfunction. Each year in the US, about 2.5 million children and adults, including professional athletes and war veterans suffer a TBI caused by either a blow to the head, penetrating head injury, or repeated jolts to the head, according to the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC). And more than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a lifelong disability due to TBI.

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