Stereotactic Operation in Behaviour Disorders. Amygdalotomy and Hypothalamotomy

  • B. Ramamurthi
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 44)


After a survey of the anatomical and physiological basis of operative treatment of behaviour disorders by stereotactic lesions in the amygdala and the posterior medial hypothalamus the author describes his own experiences with 603 operations for control of conservatively untreatable aggressiveness. In 481 cases bilateral amygdalotomies and in 122 mostly secondary posteromedian hypothalamotomies have been performed. Initially excellent or moderate improvement was achieved in 76%. After a follow-up of more than three years this figure only slightly decreased to 70%. The group of patients who did not positively respond (30%) needs further study to discover the reasons for failure.


Behaviour Disorder Medial Circuit Moderate Improvement Uncinate Fasciculus Amygdaloid Nucleus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Ramamurthi
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  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. A. Lakshmipathi Neurosurgical CentreVHS Medical CentreMadras 113India

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