European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 166, Issue 1, pp 37–41

Early cerebrovascular disease in a 2-year-old with extreme obesity and complete metabolic syndrome due to feeding of excessively high amounts of energy

  • Daniel Weghuber
  • Daniela Zaknun
  • Christian Nasel
  • Andrea Willforth-Ehringer
  • Thomas Müller
  • Marion Boriss-Riedl
  • Kurt Widhalm
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00431-006-0204-2

Cite this article as:
Weghuber, D., Zaknun, D., Nasel, C. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2007) 166: 37. doi:10.1007/s00431-006-0204-2

Abstract

A 2-year-old morbidly obese boy presented with early manifestation of vascular disease associated with several obesity-related features of the metabolic syndrome due to massive overfeeding. Ultrasound of the carotid arteries showed significant thickening of the intima media, perfusion magnetic resonance spectroscopy indicated cerebral microcirculation disturbance, and echocardiography revealed left ventricular hypertrophy. Thorough assessment of morbidly obese children seems to be of importance from early childhood on. Studies evaluating the prevalence of obesity-related metabolic and vascular comorbidities in very young morbidly obese children are warranted.

Keywords

Childhood obesity Excessive energy intake Metabolic syndrome Early vascular disease 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Weghuber
    • 1
  • Daniela Zaknun
    • 1
  • Christian Nasel
    • 4
  • Andrea Willforth-Ehringer
    • 2
  • Thomas Müller
    • 3
  • Marion Boriss-Riedl
    • 1
  • Kurt Widhalm
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Metabolism and Nutrition, Department of PediatricsVienna Medical UniversityViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Medical AngiologyVienna Medical UniversityViennaAustria
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Department of PediatricsVienna Medical UniversityViennaAustria
  4. 4.Division of Neuroradiology, Department of RadiologyVienna Medical UniversityViennaAustria
  5. 5.ViennaAustria

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