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Minerva Endocrinologica 2015 March;40(1):61-70

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Hypothalamic obesity

Babcock Gilbert S., Roth L. W.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA


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Hypothalamic obesity represents a rare diagnosis applicable to only a small subset of obese patients. It is important to identify, diagnose, and treat these patients. This article reviews the physiology of the hypothalamus, focusing on its role in regulation of hunger, feeding, and metabolism. The causes of hypothalamic obesity are discussed including genetic, anatomic, and iatrogenic etiologies. The complex hormonal environment leading to obesity is explored for each etiology and treatment strategies are discussed. Reproductive consequences are also reviewed.

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