J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 40:821-826 doi:10.1136/jnnp.40.8.821
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Hypothalamic and myocardial lesions after subarachnoid haemorrhage

  1. R. Doshi,
  2. G. Neil-Dwyer
  1. Department of Neuropathology, Brook General Hospital, London
  2. Department of Neurological Surgery, Brook General Hospital, London


      The hypothalamus and myocardium of 12 patients who had died after a subarachnoid haemorrhage, and of six patients who had died from other intracranial pathology were examined. Only in the patients who had died from subarachnoid haemorrhage were histological lesions found in both the hypothalamus and myocardium. The possible significance of these findings is discussed with particular reference to the sympathetic nervous system.