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Neurology. 1997 May;48(5):1185-90.

"Gourmand syndrome": eating passion associated with right anterior lesions.

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  • 1University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland.

Abstract

We present a new benign eating disorder associated with lesions involving parts of the right anterior cerebral hemisphere. This "gourmand" syndrome describes a preoccupation with food and a preference for fine eating. Two exemplary case reports illustrate this new syndrome. Analysis of the clinical and anatomical data of 36 patients who displayed this behavior revealed, in 34, a strong association with lesion location in the right anterior part of the brain involving cortical areas, basal ganglia, or limbic structures. Our finding provides further evidence of a correlation between right hemispheric damage, eating, and other impulse control disorders. We conjecture that the serotonergic system subserves different functions in the left and right hemisphere.

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  • "Gourmand syndrome". [Neurology. 1998]
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