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Hypothalamus (Overview)

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.


Hypothalamus (Overview)

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.


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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.

Hormonal studies : Assessment of the hormones that are regulated by the hypothalamus such as growth hormone. Determine normalcy of menstrual cycles. Thyroid function tests. Could have head MRI if warranted. ...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