Navigation Links
Brain Surgery Eases Compulsive Eating in 10-Year-Old Girl
Date:4/9/2013

TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- Removal of a rare type of benign brain tumor helped bring a young girl's compulsive eating under control, doctors report.

The 10-year-old had what's known as a hypothalamic hamartoma -- a tumor in or around the brain's hypothalamus. One of the symptoms of this type of tumor is extremely early (precocious) puberty, as well as compulsive eating and excessive weight gain.

As reported online April 9 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, by age 10 the girl already weighed 227 pounds and was gaining an average of five more pounds each month. Medication and counseling did nothing to curb her overeating.

Despite the fact that there was no record of it having been done before, neurosurgeons at the University of Texas-Houston and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston decided to remove the girl's hypothalamic hamartoma in an effort to curb her overeating. The doctors called it a "last-ditch effort."

"The decision to proceed with this surgery was undertaken with great thought and after numerous discussions with the patient's family," Dr. David Sandberg, one of the study authors, said in a journal news release. "We were cautious about proceeding with a major operation in which the probability of success was completely unknown."

However, the surgery went well, the girl's appetite immediately lessened and she began eating smaller portions. Eighteen months after the surgery, her weight was still the same as it was before the operation. But it no longer increased, which was the goal of the surgery.

"The patient, her family, and treating physicians were all delighted with the outcome," Sandberg said.

More information

You can find out more about this type of brain tumor at Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, news release, April 9, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study Suggests Vaccine May Help Kids With Brain Cancer
2. Epilepsy Leads to More Brain Abnormalities Over Time
3. UCLA Brain Injury Research Center gets NCAA funding for research on sports concussions
4. Why is traumatic brain injury increasing among the elderly?
5. Brain Falters Near End of Life, but Games, Puzzles Might Slow Decline
6. Dental X-Rays May Be Linked to Benign Brain Tumors
7. Nonsurgical Method to Measure Brain Pressure Shows Promise
8. Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence
9. Football-related catastrophic brain injuries on the rise
10. Brain Tumor Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial
11. Brain Surgery Might Ease Tough-to-Treat OCD
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Brain Surgery Eases Compulsive Eating in 10-Year-Old Girl
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of premium residential and commercial fitness ... Miami, FL. , “We are elated to be opening this new showroom,” explains Tom ... to give clients a seamless and motivating shopping experience.” , Every fitness journey is ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Today, to help ... Francis re-releases powerfully uplifting interview with medical expert and prolific author, Dr. Bernie ... pass through tough times, Dr. Bernie Siegel energizes listeners to live life with ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... , ... Kevin Harrington (one of the original Sharks from mega-hit reality series ... topic of Beauty and Personal Care. , Everyone makes New Year’s ... commit to these changes than beginning with personal care and beauty products? AsSeenOnTV.pro will ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... San Clemente, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 17, ... ... San Diego County, as well as Palm Desert, is opening a new office ... of Brainsway deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) in Southern California, successfully treating individuals ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Metairie, Louisiana (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 ... ... JenCare Senior Medical Center joined the Peoples Health network on Dec. 1, ... Medicare beneficiaries. , “JenCare Senior Medical Center is an exciting addition to our ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , Jan. 18, 2017  Tarix ... Drug Administration has granted a Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) ... treatment of Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB), a rare ... for RDEB and treatment is limited to supportive care. ... supplements the Orphan Drug Designation previously granted by the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Jan. 18, 2017  Robust competition in the ... discounts on medicine prices, according to a new ... study is among the first to examine the share ... manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health plans and other ... study is the first to show what happens when ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... 17, 2017 North America Insulin Delivery Market ... "North America Insulin Delivery Market Outlook to 2022", provides ... market. The report provides value, in millions of US ... market segments - Insulin Pens, Insulin Pumps, Insulin Syringes ... provides company shares and distribution shares data for each ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: