Tumor On The Hypothalamus

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Tumors on the Hypothalamus What is a Hypothalamus? : Hypothalamus is a small area near the base of the brain just ventral to the thalamus. It is a portion of the brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is to link the nervous system to the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland. It has widespread connections with the rest of the forebrain and the midbrain. Partly through nerves and partly through hypothalamic hormones, the hypothalamus conveys messages to the pituitary gland, altering its release of hormones (Kalat, 2003). According to “American Accreditation Health Commission,” The hypothalamus is responsible for certain metabolic processes and other activities of the autonomic nervous system. It synthesizes and secretes certain neurohormones, often called hypothalamic-releasing hormones, and these in turn stimulate or inhibit the secretion of pituitary hormones. The hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep, and circadian cycle. Her 2 What is a Tumor? : The exact cause of hypothalamic tumors is not known. It is likely that they result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In children, most hypothalamic tumors are gliomas. Gliomas are a common type of brain tumor that results from the abnormal growth of glial cells, which are a type of cells that support nerve cells. Gliomas can occur at any age but they are often more aggressive in adults than children. In adults, tumors in the hypothalamus are more likely to be metastatic (resulting from the spread of cancer form another organ to the hypothalamus) than they are when they occur in children (2003, Kalat). Symptoms of the tumor: Brain tumors have a variety of symptoms ranging from headache to stroke. Seizures may be the initial manifestation of

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