Hypothalamic Adynamia

  • W. R. Hess

Abstract

The phenomenon which is reported here can be elicited by electrical stimulation of the diencephalon and the neighboring areas of the brain. It involves maximal relaxation of the skeletal musculature as well as the absence of spontaneous activity and reactivity to external stimuli. The most striking finding is the contrast between the extremely weak central influence and the strong overall effect on the motor system. These findings are worth examining in more detail because they seem to be relevant to the anatomical pathology of certain nervous diseases and provide important clues for the characterization of differences between various clinical conditions with motor deficit. The following case reports provide information on this phenomenon.

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