Hypothermia in a Case of Hypothalamic Infarction and Sarcoidosis

Eleanor F. Branch, Peter C. Burger, David L. Brewer

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Abstract

Subnormal body temperatures were recorded in a patient with mental deterioration, seizures, stupor, and hypoglycemia. A history of alcoholism and sarcoidosis was obtained. Postmortem examination revealed bilateral involvement of the hypothalamus by small hyalinized masses, presumably healed sarcoid granulomata, and a unilateral hemorrhagic infarct. The infarct was restricted to the caudolateral hypothalamus on the left side; on the right side, the ventromedial nucleus showed the greatest involvement by the sarcoid process. The possible role of these lesions in the occurrence of hypothermia is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of neurology
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1971

Keywords

  • Hypothalamus
  • cerebral infarction
  • hypothermia
  • sarcoidosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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