Article Text

Download PDFPDF

Stereotactic hypothalamotomy for behaviour disorders
  1. J. R. Schvarcz1,
  2. R. Driollet,
  3. E. Rios,
  4. O. Betti
  1. Institute of Neurosurgery of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


    Posterior hypothalamotomy is a relatively simple stereotactic procedure. The radiological determination of the target and its physiological corroboration by electrical stimulation are accurate. The lesions have always been made in the site of maximum sympathetic response. In this respect, the cardiovascular changes (hypertension and tachycardia), which are always elicited from a more restricted area, are of particular importance. Depth recordings, however, have been less useful. Undesirable side-effects, if present, were mild and transitory. There was no postoperative intelligence deficit, at least with the standard tests.

    Statistics from


    • 1 Present address: Department of Surgical Neurology, University of Edinburgh.

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.