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A discrete lesion of ventral hypothalamus and optic chiasm that disturbed the daily temperature rhythm

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A patient with a discrete metastasis in the ventral hypothalamus and optic chiasm is reported, who developed an abnormal daily rhythm of oral temperature without alteration of the 24-h mean temperature. This region, its afferents, and its efferents appear to be important in the neural regulation of human circadian rhythmicity.

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Schwartz, W.J., Busis, N.A. & Tessa Hedley-Whyte, E. A discrete lesion of ventral hypothalamus and optic chiasm that disturbed the daily temperature rhythm. J Neurol 233, 1–4 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00313981

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Key words

  • Hypothalamic lesion
  • Circadian rhythmicity
  • Suprachiasmatic nucleus