Brain Trauma & Pituitary Failure

The interference of the normal production and regulation of the hormonal processes of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands can be caused by injury to the brain.

The most vulnerable and often most affected by brain trauma are the The hypothalamus and pituitary. Depending on the injury, potential issues that may develop include adrenal insufficiency, diabetes insipidus, and hyponatremia. More problems may develop months or years later. The most frequent are growth and gonadotropin hormone deficiencies. This can lead to symptoms including weight gain, growth problems, fatigue, and low blood pressure. Reduced libido, reduction of muscle mass, and amenorrhea are also potential problems that may occur.

Many studies have shown that a high percentage of patients who suffer Traumatic brain injuries may have some form of pituitary dysfunction in the months after the injury. While many of these symptoms disappear over the following few months, Some unfortunate patients still have pituitary hormone dysfunction by the end of the year.