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Facts About The Hypothalamus
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hormones?: That is not easy to do - but typically it involves hormones. Does that help? ...Read more
Following a stroke that damages the hypothalamus, what would you expect the person to have problems with?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not common: Primary malignant cancers arising from the hypothalamus are very uncommon. Benign hypothalamic tumors or secondary neoplastic involvement is more likely. ...Read more
Hypothalamus not functioning correctly and the pituitary gland flattened. Many horrible symptoms, any meds that can help to alleviate my symptoms.?
Specialist: You must see a board certified neuro-endocrinologist. ...Read more