Your or your child’s hypothalamus controls body processes like mood, hunger and thirst, sleep patterns and sexual function. Craniopharyngioma pressure on your or your child’s hypothalamus sets the stage for the following conditions:
- Hypothalamic obesity: This is obesity that happens even after people change their eating and exercise habits by restricting how many calories they take in and by being more active.
- Froehlich’s syndrome: People with this condition often have obesity because they always feel hungry no matter how much they eat. Children with Froehlich’s syndrome may not develop as quickly as other children. Some children have poor vision and intellectual disabilities.
- Non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome: This is a sleep disorder that prevents people from following a typical sleep schedule. Some people develop severe sleep deprivation.