Blast concussions could cause pituitary deficiencies in war vets
By Bobbi Nodell, UW Health Sciences/ UW Medicine
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Many veterans suffering from blast concussions may have hormone
deficiencies that mimic some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress
disorder and depression, according to researchers with the Department of
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of
The researchers screened 35 veterans with blast injuries. They found
that 42 percent had irregular hormone levels indicative of
hypopituitarism, a condition that can often be controlled by replacing
the deficient hormones.
“This could be a largely missed opportunity for successful treatment,”
said Charles W. Wilkinson, study leader and a UW research associate
professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences.