Changes in growth hormone after stroke – a new future treatment?

October 16, 2018

Stroke can cause more than just a lopsided smile or a weak arm. It affects your entire person. Subtle differences like memory loss and reduced energy can also be consequences. Sometimes, even personalities can take a hit and change for the worse. Though we don’t really know why this happens, scientists think hormones might play a role.

Though we don’t know if it’ll work for stroke patients, growth hormone treatments are out there. It’s more commonly used to help patients improve cognition after brain trauma. This restorative effect could potentially translate to stroke treatment. Understanding how the pituitary plays a role in stroke may help us figure out new ways to improve rehab. Perhaps growth hormone could be the next therapy. But before this happens, we need more research. More clinical trials and studies can help identify the effects of using growth hormone to help stroke patients during recovery.

The lead author of this study was Thomas Lillicrap, from the Department of Neurology at the University of Newcastle, in Newcastle, Australia.

Editorial note:

Researchers are studying the connection between stroke and pituitary dysfunction. Understanding this relationship just might lead to a new way to treat stroke patients.

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