Endocrine Dysfunction following Traumatic Brain Injury in Children.

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Summary of "Endocrine Dysfunction following Traumatic Brain Injury in Children."


OBJECTIVE:
To identify the incidence of endocrine dysfunction in children following traumatic brain injury (TBI). STUDY
DESIGN:
This was a prospective evaluation of 31 children after TBI. Inclusion criteria included Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score RESULTS:
The average patient age was 11.6 years, and mean GCS score was 6. The incidence of endocrine dysfunction was 15% at 1 month, 75% at 6 months, and 29% at 12 months. At 12 months after injury, 14% had precocious puberty, 9% had hypothyroidism, and 5% had GH deficiency. Endocrine dysfunction at 1 year did not correlate with the severity of injury.
CONCLUSIONS:
Endocrine dysfunction after TBI is common in children, but most cases resolve by 1 year. We recommend endocrine surveillance at both 6 and 12 months following moderate or severe TBI to ensure early intervention for persistent or late-occurring endocrine sequelae.

Affiliation

Division of Endocrinology , Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

Journal Details

This article was published in the following journal.

Name: The Journal of pediatrics
ISSN: 1097-6833
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