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Appetite - increased
Alternative namesHyperphagia; Increased appetite; Hunger; Excessive hunger; Polyphagia
DefinitionHunger is a normal desire for food. Hyperphagia and polyphagia refer to being focused only on eating (gluttony), or eating excessively before feeling full. These can be symptoms of various disorders.
ConsiderationsBoth psychological and endocrine gland disorders can cause polyphagia, which is fairly common.
Polyphagia can be intermittent or persistent, depending on the cause. It may or may not result in weight gain.
Home CareEmotional support, and in some cases psychological counseling, are recommended.
For drugs that cause increased appetite and weight gain, ask your health care provider if you can decrease the dosage or discontinue the medication. CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE CHANGING MEDICATIONS.
Call your health care provider if
A history will be obtained (with emphasis on eating habits) and a physical examination performed. Once determined, the underlying cause will be treated.
Medical history questions documenting increased appetite in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed are:
You may want to add a diagnosis related to increased appetite to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 11/10/2003John Goldenring, M.D., MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT