Hypothalamic hamartomas are rare benign tumors in the hypothalamus, the region of the brain that regulates the body’s internal balance or homeostasis. These tumors are present at birth, and usually are discovered later in childhood, frequently during an evaluation for epilepsy. Symptoms include seizures, early puberty and behavioral problems.
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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by hypothalamic hamartomas. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove the tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Using image-guided stereotactic neurosurgery, our surgeons can view 3-D images of hypothalamic hamartomas during surgery, helping them to remove more of the tumor and stop the seizures it often triggers. Recovery is quicker, because no incision is made.