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Hypothalamic Hamartoma Highlighted by the Epilepsy Foundation March 27, 2015

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.

Gelastic seizures often go undiagnosed due to the ambiguous nature of their appearance. Many parents are told they have a “happy baby” and encouraged not to “look for trouble.”

Fortunately, parents usually listen to their inner voice telling them that something is not quite right. Although most commonly found in people with hypothalamic hamartoma (HH), gelastic seizures can be present in those without brain tumors.

That being said, without more recognizable seizure activity, HH can continue to go undiagnosed. The Epilepsy Foundation has done the HH community a great service by highlighting HH in their description of gelastic seizures.


Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Barrow Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center



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