Your browser does not support javascript:   Search for gard hereSearch for news-and-events here.


Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Print friendly version

Froelich syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Adiposodysgenesis
  • Adiposogenital dystrophy
  • Babinski-Froelich syndrome
  • Froehlich syndrome
  • Froelich's adiposity
More Names
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.


Froelich syndrome is characterized by obesity and hypogonadism due to a hypothalamic-pituitary disorder. The hypothalamus is a part of the brain where certain functions such as sleep cycles and body temperature are regulated. The pituitary is a gland that makes hormones that affect growth and the functions of other glands in the body. Froehlich syndrome is acquired (i.e., not thought to be inherited or genetic). This syndrome appears to affect males more commonly.[1][2] The term 'Froelich syndrome' is rarely used today.[2] 
Last updated: 9/15/2010


  1. Froelich syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders. Accessed 9/15/2010.
  2. Physical changes of puberty. In: Kronenberg eds.,. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2008;
Your Questions Answered
by the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

Please contact us with your questions about Froelich syndrome. We will answer your question and update these pages with new resources and information.
On this page

Basic Information