Hamartoma Behavioral Disorders

Hamartoma Behavioral Disorders

Children born with Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH), a malformation in the brain, may endure bouts of emotional and behavioral problems. These children will show signs of a “temper tantrum,” such as hitting, kicking, biting, etc.

What distinguishes an HH-induced outburst is the child’s trance-like state. Often he or she will feel out-of-control and guilty for the outburst. Other children will have no memory of the episode after it ends and may feel extremely tired.

Associated behavioral disorders may include:

  • Oppositional-defiant disorder
  • Attention deficit behavior
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Asperger's disorder
  • Depression
  • Paranoid disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Treating this outcome of HH might involve managing the symptoms with hormone suppression therapy or other medications.


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