Clinical Syndromes of the Hypothalamus

  • R. Fahlbusch
  • U. M. H. Schrell
  • M. Buchfelder
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 47)


In 1929 Harvey Cushing defined the significance of the hypothalamus as follows: “Here in this well concealed spot almost all to be covered with a thumb-nail lays the very mainspring of primitive existence—vegetative, emotional, reproductive, on which with more or less success man has come to superimpose a cortex of inhibitions” (Cushing 1929). However it was Fröhlich who published the first hypothalamic syndrome in 1901 (Fröhlich 1901). Retrospectively his case appears to have been that of a cystic and haemorrhagic craniopharyngioma. Decades of research and late experience with hypothalamic hormones, developements of thin collimation computerized tomography (CT) and modern neurosurgical techniques in and around the hypothalamus have opened new doors. In 1983 clinicians and experts in basic research met in Munich to discuss modern knowledge of “clinical aspects of the hypothalamus” (Fahlbusch and Schrell 1985).


Diabetes Insipidus Insulin Induce Hypoglycaemia Hypothalamic Region Diencephalic Syndrome Hypothalamic Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Fahlbusch
    • 1
  • U. M. H. Schrell
    • 1
  • M. Buchfelder
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurochirurgische KlinikUniversity of Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenFederal Republic of Germany

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