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What does the hypothalamus do?

What does the hypothalamus do?

A lot of things: Sorry, this is a site on health and disease. Your question is about basic neuroanatomy & neurophysiology. It cannot possibly be answered in 400 characters, or 400 words, or even (if you want the LONG answer) 400 pages. You will get a much more satisfactory answer by looking it up online rather than expecting clinicians (as opposed to scientists) to regurgitate basic textbook knowledge. ...Read more

Hypothalamus (Definition)

An area of brain that deals with maintenance of homeostasis throughout the body. Important for temperature, appetite, weight regulation, coordination with other areas ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: hypothalamus?

What is the definition or description of: hypothalamus?

Regulation: An area of brain that deals with maintenance of homeostasis throughout the body. Important for temperature, appetite, weight regulation, coordination with other areas of brain and pituitary. ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of having a defective hypothalamus?

Genetic defects: Genetic defects and chromosomal disorders are the main reason for hypothalamic disorders. Depending on the cause and the location of the lesions, there may be profound develpmental delay and hormonal deficiencies. Many of the pituitary hormones, such as oxytocin, adh, (vasopressin) and CRF will be absent and cause multi-system disorders. ...Read more

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Are there ways to test your hypothalamus? I get really cold and hot easily.

Are there ways to test your hypothalamus? I get really cold and hot easily.

Talk to your doctor: Temperature instability, which can be seen in hypothalamic dysfunction, isn't the same as feeling hot or cold. It means that core temperature isn't stable. Some have unexplained fevers which alternate with low body temps. It is very unusual and not typically seen as an only symptom of hypothalamic damage. ...Read more

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Does MS involve the hypothalamus?

Does MS involve the hypothalamus?

Yes, it surely can: There is considerable evidence that involvement of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis can play a role in fatigue. Many ms patients do develop a variety of sleep disorders and a loss of hypocretin-i-secreting cells may be due to autoimmune mechanisms, perhaps enhancing daytime sleepiness. (seems some overlap with hla-dr-2 typing, as related to both ms and narcolepsy). ...Read more

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What is the cure for the hypothalamus?

Makes no sense: Hypothalamus is not a disease or condition. It is an anatomic part of the brain. You need it to function. Thus, there is no cure or treatment for a part of the anatomy. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of a stroke in hypothalamus?

What is the prognosis of a stroke in hypothalamus?

Guarded, but depends: The hypothalamus is a critical region and a stroke-either hemorrhagic or ischemic can have profound symptoms. It depends on the extent and size of the stroke. If there is coma as a symptom, the prognosis is not as good. ...Read more

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What tissues are controlled by the hypothalamus gland?

The hypothalamus: Is not a "gland." It's a part of the brain. It doesn't "control" any "tissues." The functions of the hypothalamus are far too numerous & complex to be covered in 400 chsracters. A web search will turn up lots of information about it. Your curiosity is commendable but your question suggests to me that an introductory textbook of anatomy & physiology would be very beneficial to your understanding. ...Read more

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What does the paraventricular nucelus of the hypothalamus do?

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What does the paraventricular nucelus of the hypothalamus do?

PVN: Contains nerve cells which are activated by stressful or physiological changes, leading to release of pituitary hormones, as well as regulating appetite & autonomic functions. ...Read more

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How important is the hypothalamus gland in regulating weight?

Central: Hypothalamic disease affects the pituitary and the target organs controlled by the pituitary: adrenals, ovaries, testes, and thyroid. Hypothalamic damage can result from malnutrition, anorexia and bulimia, surgery, or head trauma causing disruptions in body temperature regulation, growth, weight, sodium and water balance, milk production, emotions, and sleep cycles control center for endocrine. ...Read more

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Could damage to the ventromedial hypothalamus cause nystagmus?

Could damage to the ventromedial hypothalamus cause nystagmus?

Hunger control: VMH is responsible for satiety. It is involved in Fear, feeding, thermorehulation and sexual activity. Nystagmus has many causes : vestibular disease, MS, Myasthenia Gravis, Lack of Vit B1, commonly Ménière's disease, even Diabetes. Consult your Family Physician if you are experiencing abnormal movements of your eyes. ...Read more

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Any link between aspergers syndrome & hypothalamus dysfunction?

Maybe: There were news media reports in the mid 2000's regarding oxytocin & aspergers. The latest definitive article I found, from mit & published 2010, indicated the lower amounts of oxytocin produced could be implicated in social awkwardness of neuropsychiatric disorders. But did not have a cause & effect relationship. The hypothalamus is the last common neural pathway for social interaction in mammals. ...Read more

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How does the hypothalamus indirectly control growth from infancy to adulthood?

Complicated balance: The hypothalamus helps direct the bodies ability to stay balanced in growth and energy. It helps the hormone glands stay in contact with the nervous system to respond to the body's signals through the ages. This article may help answer your question in more detail.

http://www. Endocrineweb. Com/endocrinology/overview-hypothalamus ...Read more

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She says I have a hypothalamus gland issue that needs to be reset. What does that mean?

She says I have a hypothalamus gland issue that needs to be reset. What does that mean?

Hormones?: That is not easy to do - but typically it involves hormones. Does that help? ...Read more

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Following a stroke that damages the hypothalamus, what would you expect the person to have problems with?

Basic dysfunctions: Specific manifestations can include: alteration of temperature control, blood pressure lability, hormonal disregulation (such as menstrual abnormalities, sleep-wake cycle changes, increased or decreased appetite/weight status. These may be permanent. ...Read more

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What are the effects of encephalitis on the hypothalamus?

What are the effects of encephalitis on the hypothalamus?

Varies: If encephalitis spreads to the hypothalamus it is hard to predict, because there are many nuclei or "centers" in the hypothalamus that do very different and sometimes opposite functions. For example some people with encephalitis lethargica slept constantly while others could not fall asleep at all, because different nuclei were affected. ...Read more

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What hormones does the hypothalamus produce?

Hypothalamus: If you can, please go to Yahoo and seek "images". When there type in "hypothalamus" and you will find a number of illustrations that will walk you through this. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can die from a hypothalamus/pituitary malfunction?

Yes: A pituitary adenoma can kill you through mass effect, pituitary apoplexy, or suppression of thyroid and adrenal cortical function. It's not pleasant. If you have any concerns here, please get with a competent physician. ...Read more

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What tests and diagnostic imaging are used to check pituitary and hypothalamus function?

What tests and diagnostic imaging are used to check pituitary and hypothalamus function?

Endocrine stuff.: Usually speaking, we would gauge testing on presenting signs and symptoms of the patient. That being said, pituitary hormones include prolactin, growth hormone, TSH, FSH, LH, ACTH, ADH and oxytocin. In addition, MRI imaging of the pituitary can be entertained. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment would a person udergo if they damaged their hypothalamus in accident?

What kind of treatment would a person udergo if they damaged their hypothalamus in accident?

Endocrine management: Close monitoring of endocrine function & replacement of hormones to mid-normal range. Testosterone and growth hormone are often affected.
Alcohol cessation, exercise, dha, may be useful. Donating blood every 60 days raises erythropoitin, possibly stimulating brain recovery. Consult pubmed. Gov. ...Read more

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How does the hypothalamus control eating behaviour? (I'm a Psychology/Biology student looking at the role of dieting in regards to health. Thank you)

The Hypothalamus: Releases hormones and in that process regulates processes such as metabolism, hunger, body temp., sleep, and more. If there are lesions on this small almond-shaped organ it can cause starvation or obesity. Textbooks contain lists of hormones and what they control. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How does multiple sclerosis affect the hypothalamus?

How does multiple sclerosis affect the hypothalamus?

It shouldn't: Since the hypothalamus is not really a white matter structure, it should not effect thje hypothalamus directly but it could effect neurons that go into and leave the hypothalamus. Since thie hypothalamus controls temperature, feeding behavior, sexual behavior and heart rate and blood pressure, if a brain region needs input from the hypothalamus it may not get it. ...Read more

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What are some diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland?

Pituitary disease: The hypothalamus and pituitary work together to regulate many functions in the body, including hormonal regulation. Diseases can causes hormone deficiency or excess. Some of the hormones regulated are the thyroid, growth hormone, prolactin, (breastfeeding hormone) testosterone or estrogen, and cortisol. ...Read more

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How common are non-metastatic cancers of the hypothalamus in adults?

How common are non-metastatic cancers of the hypothalamus in adults?

Not common: Primary malignant cancers arising from the hypothalamus are very uncommon. Benign hypothalamic tumors or secondary neoplastic involvement is more likely. ...Read more