The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that produces hormones that control:
- Body temperature
- Heart rate
- Release of hormones from many glands, especially the pituitary gland
- Sex drive
Hypothalamic dysfunction can occur as a result of diseases, including:
Hypothalamic dysfunction is a problem with part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus helps control the pituitary gland and regulat...Read Article Now Book Mark Article
- Genetic causes (often present at birth or during childhood)
- Infection or inflammation
- Injury as a result of trauma, surgery or radiation
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHALAMIC DISEASE
Because the hypothalamus controls so many different functions, hypothalamic disease can have many different symptoms, depending on the cause. The most common symptoms are:
- Increased appetite and rapid weight gain
- Extreme thirst and frequent urination (diabetes insipidus)
- Low body temperature
- Slow heart rate
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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