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Special Issue "Neuroendocrine Disturbances after Brain Damage"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015).
President European Neuroendocrine Association, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Dept. of Internal Medicine/Endocrinology and Clin. Chemistry, Kraepelinstr. 10, 80804 Munich, Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 89 30622 7460
Interests: hypothalamo-pituitary function; pituitary disease; brain trauma; metabolic disorders
Dr. Anna Kopczak
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Kraepelinstr. 2-10, 80804 Munich, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 89 30622 1; Fax: +49 (0) 89 30622 562
Interests: neuroendocrinology; brain injury; brain tumors; psychiatric comorbidities; hypothalamic and pituitary diseases
Traumatic brain injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries, affecting about 185–200/100,000/year. When considering traumatic brain injury, many clinicians might think of young adults who were involved in vehicle accidents. However, traumatic brain injury is not only caused by traffic accidents, but also by blast injuries or by falls. In an ageing population, the percentage of falls in elderly patients is constantly increasing.
Neuroendocrine disturbances after traumatic brain injury have been described since 1910, but were almost forgotten for a long time. First insights suggested a high and often unrecognized prevalence rate of posttraumatic hypopituitarism. Recently, a controversial discussion regarding prevalence and clinical importance has been raised.
Hormonal disturbances of the hypothalamo-pituitary axes do not only occur after traumatic brain injury. There is increasing knowledge that, after general brain damage, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage or stroke, patients can suffer from hormonal disturbances.
With our special issue we aim to highlight the importance of posttraumatic hypopituitarism. We will present a controversial discussion on this topic and its clinical relevance and will offer an overview on neuroendocrine disturbances after brain damage.
Prof. Dr. Günter K. Stalla
Dr. Anna Kopczak
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- posttraumatic hypopituitarism
- neuroendocrine disturbances
- hypothalamo-pituitary dysfunction
- traumatic brain injury
- subarachnoid hemorrhage
- hormone replacement therapy
- outcome after brain damage