Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH) is a benign tumor-like malformation that causes a syndrome characterized by: 1) treatment-resistant epilepsy, beginning with gelastic (laughing) seizures, but later including other seizure types, 2) developmental and cognitive deficits, 3) behavioral problems, including rage attacks, and 4) endocrine disturbance, most commonly central precocious (early) puberty.

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Five year old Varvara Finogenova is seizure free after thermal coagulation done by Dr. Kameyama in Japan this summer.

We understand the importance of connecting with others when it comes to dealing with the many complicated aspects of HH. Join our Forum and become a part of an amazing international support community.

Providing information and support to hypothalamic hamartoma patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers and promoting research toward early detection, improved treatments, living with HH, and cure.

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To stay abreast of what is happening in hypothalamic hamartomas, visit the Chairman’s Corner. Read the latest information from our Chairman Dr. Rekate or our guest authors.



I was born 30 years ago with my umbilical cord rolled up around my neck twice, all blue, and quite a big head. My mother noticed early on lots of shortness of breath and cramps. I had my first tonic-clonic seizure when I was 18 months while my father was taking some photos in my grandparents’ garden. Read more..

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about a Hope for HH t-shirt or belt buckle for yourself or a loved one.


Jake Case (1982 - 2012) Read more..

    Mar. 22, 2014 National Walk for Epilepsy (Washington, DC) Hope for HH is gearing up for the annual walk. Join our team here.

    May 17, 2014 M-O-O-Ving Thru’ The Mud with Landon (Gainesville, TX) This fun mud run – in it’s third year - for ages 4 - 14yrs benefits Hope for HH and is an awesome good time! http://www.mudwithlandon.com/

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