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What are functions of the thalamus?

What are functions of the thalamus?

Sensory relay : The thalamus is a complex brain structure, but in simplest views it is mainly a sensory relay station, receiving input from the outside world through the spinal cord and sending processed information up to the cortex for interpretation. It is therefore important to sensory integration. The input it provides the cortex can modify motor activity and other functions. ...Read more

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Is infarcture in the thalamus treatable?

MRI finding?: You describe a lesion in the deep brain. The cause must be determined. It could be a minor finding of minor significance. It could be the sign of a serious neurological condition. It may be an incidental finding on MRI of no clinical significance. Your doctor should discuss the significance of this finding with you in detail. ...Read more

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What is chronic infarct right thalamus?

What is chronic infarct right thalamus?

Old stroke: Chronic implies longer than 3-6 months. Brain infarct is a stroke, due to blood vessel obstruction. Risk factors might include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and the presence of an old stroke predicts future stroke risk. So, likely best to start an anti-platelet drug. Discuss this with your doc. ...Read more

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What kind of hormones are secreted by thalamus gland?

None: The thalamus is not a gland. It is a cluster of nuclei of gray matter. It does not secrete anything. I recommend doing some reading up on basic human anatomy and physiology prior to your next HealthTap post. ...Read more

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Can the thalamus be associated with any kind of seizures?

Can the thalamus be associated with any kind of seizures?

Critical importance: It is clear that the thalamus plays a substantial role in seizure generalization and brain region interconnections, but is not usually the source of seizure origination, even in those folks who have had prior strokes. In yrs past, the thought of cerebellar electrical stimulation to affect thalamic function, was considered to control seizure activity. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a surgical incision into the thalamus?

What is the purpose of a surgical incision into the thalamus?

Tumor or tremor: Neurosurgical incision to extrepate a tumor or place a brain electrode for electrical stimulation to control tremor are the only two occassions to operate on the Thalamus I know of ...Read more

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What is lacunar infarct on thalamus?

Small cell death: A lacunar infarct is a small area of brain cells that have died. This may be asymptomatic or not depending on where it is and the size of it. ...Read more