PTSD-like symptoms may be pituitary injury, and treatable

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PTSD-like symptoms may be pituitary injury, and treatable

Soldiers’ traumatic brain injuries cause hormonal disorders, small study suggests

Charles Wilkinson and a small group of scientists are studying whether traumatic brain injury caused by battlefield explosions can damage soldiers’ pituitary glands in ways that cause lasting health problems. Preliminary results that Wilkinson shared at a conference in May indicate that soldiers with TBI often develop hormonal deficiencies and symptoms that could be mistaken for post-traumatic stress disorder. When diagnosed, hormonal deficiencies may be treatable with medication.

Wilkinson is a research professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and a euroendocrinologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle.