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    Hypothalamic Hamartoma Program

    A Global Destination for the Treatment of Hypothalamic Hamartomas

    About the Hypothalamus

    The hypothalamus is a region of brain anatomy located deep within the brain, just above the base of the skull, on each side of the third ventricle. The main function of the hypothalamus is to regulate homeostasis (maintaining the body’s status quo). The hypothalamus contains many specialized nuclei (collections or nodules of specialized brain cells), that help maintain many basic physiological functions, such as body temperature, blood pressure, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the regulation of digestion.

    The hypothalamus also helps regulate complex behaviors such as appetite, thirst, sleep, general arousal, and reproductive behaviors. It plays a role in emotional reactions, including anger and aggression. In other words, the hypothalamus takes care of the many necessary brain functions that occur without us having to think about or plan them.

    Illustration showing the hypothalamus in relation to other parts of the brain.

    Illustration showing the hypothalamus in relation to other parts of the brain.

    Request an Appointment with a Hypothalamic Hamartoma Specialist

    Call 1-877-365-1210

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.