Aug 22, 2011

Hypopituitarism


A “whistle blower” has contacted us following the death of her son, which she attributes to hypopituitarism, a condition affecting the pituitary gland. There is a correlation between the onset of the disease and serious head/brain injury; the symptoms include but are not confined to, reduced growth, depressive illness, fatigue, infertility, impotence and weight gain.

Hypopituitarism is a treatable illness that has many causes and can occur many years after head/brain injury.  All service personnel who have had head injuries or brain damage are regularly screened for the illness but the general public, who have been subjected to similar injury, are not made aware of the condition and are not regularly screened.  Many GP’s are unaware of the correlation between the condition and head/brain injury.  Screening, although relatively inexpensive, is not routinely carried out.

Our “whistle blower” maintains that if her son had been screened, he would be alive today.

We would like to hear from anyone, who have been diagnosed with the condition, particularly if has been preceded by a serious head/brain injury.

 

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