This lecture will discuss approaches to evaluation and management of children and adolescents with acquired hypothalamic obesity. For the purposes of this discussion, hypothalamic obesity refers to the excess weight gain that occurs in the setting of an injury to the hypothalamus, most often related to a brain tumor or its treatment, that can be challenging to treat. We will also review avenues of future research.
- Explain candidate mechanism(s) underlying hypothalamic obesity
- Formulate an approach to evaluate children & adolescents with hypothalamic obesity
- Review evidence in support of various treatment modalities
- Identify opportunities for future research
Shana McCormack MD, MTR, Attending physician and Scientific Director of the Neuroendocrine Center in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes