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Individualized Treatment Planning September 12, 2012

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.

Hypothalamic Hamartoma(s) are malformations, which are present at birth. It is not known what causes them or what influences their size or anatomical position in the brain.  Treatment planning is completed with consideration of these anatomical factors as well as the patient’s symptoms (complexity & severity), and overall health. Surgical approaches including the transcallosal, endoscopic, orbito-zygomatic, or combined approach all carry different risks and benefits as do radiation treatment. The take home message here is that every patient has their own journey and no two patients are alike. Treatment plans must be fashioned to meet the needs of each patient to be successful.

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital



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