Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center

Hypothalamic hamartomas affect children from infancy onward and commonly cause seizures, early puberty, abnormalities in hormonal function and cognitive and behavioral problems. These tumors are most often found during the diagnostic evaluation of patients for epilepsy (particularly gelastic seizures) or early puberty.

Hypothalamic hamartoma patients experience unusual seizures. It is common for the diagnosis to be missed, and effective treatment to be delayed. As a result, the disease may progress, resulting in worsening seizures, developmental delays, emotional deterioration and hormonal disturbances.

Therefore, we feel it is our obligation to educate the community, including healthcare professionals locally and worldwide, so that they will be able to properly diagnose patients with hypothalamic hamartoma. As a rare and challenging disease, we believe that hypothalamic hamartoma patients are best evaluated and treated in centers that specialize in this condition. 

The role of the hypothalamus

The hypothalamus is a region of brain anatomy located deep within the brain, just above the base of the skull, on each side of the third ventricle. The main function of the hypothalamus is to regulate complex behaviors such as appetite, thirst, sleep, general arousal and reproductive behaviors. It also plays a role in emotional reactions, including anger and aggression. In other words, the hypothalamus takes care of the many necessary brain functions that occur without us having to think about or plan them.


Expert Care

Our Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center is made up of a team of experts designed to provide thorough evaluation, diagnostic testing and definitive treatment for patients with hypothalamic hamartoma tumors. Through a team review of medical records, radiographic tests and other diagnostic tests, a personalized treatment plan is created for every patient.

Our center is made up of a multidisciplinary team designed to provide comprehensive evaluation, diagnostic testing and definitive treatment for patients with hypothalamic hamartoma tumors, including laser ablation surgery. They also conduct patient care conferences, supports collaboration between clinical and research specialists and facilitates educational programs to advance the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.