Journal article

Pituitary function in paediatric survivors of severe traumatic brain injury

P Poomthavorn, W Maixner, M Zacharin

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI)-mediated hypopituitarism is an increasingly recognised problem. Paediatric survivors of TBI may be vulnerable to the possible effects of pituitary deficits as pituitary hormones control normal growth and development. Research concerning pituitary dysfunction following childhood TBI is limited. AIM: To identify pituitary dysfunction in paediatric survivors of severe TBI. METHODS: Of 1020 children who sustained a TBI and were admitted to the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia over 10 years, 117 were identified as survivors of severe TBI. 54 patients (31 males) were enrolled and administered questionnaires regarding quality of life and possi..

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