Part I: Structure and Function of the Hypothalamus 1. Introduction to the Hypothalamus: Correlates from Animal Studies 2. Anatomy and Topography of the Hypothalamus 3. Neuroimaging of the Hypothalamus 4. Neurophysiology of the Hypothalamus 5. Neuroendocrinology of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Part II: Pathobiology and Dysfunction of the Hypothalamus 6. Neuropsychiatric, Neurologic, and Neurobehavioral Syndromes of the Hypothalamus 7. Neurosurgical Aspects of Hypothalamic Disease 8. Hormone Excess Syndromes of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis 9. Hormone Deficiency Syndromes of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis 10. Hypothalamic Obesity and Wasting Syndromes 11. Hypothalamic Sleep Disorders 12. Genetic Syndromes of Hypothalamic Dysfunction 13. Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Hypothalamus 14. Non-endocrine Tumors of the Hypothalamus 15. Non-neoplastic Mass Lesions of the Hypothalamus 16. Rapid-onset Obesity with Hypothalamic Dysregulation, Hypoventilation, and Autonomic Dysregulation (ROHHAD) and ROHHAD Association Syndromes 17. Infectious and Inflammatory Hypothalamic Diseases 18. Traumatic and Degenerative Hypothalamic Diseases 19. Iatrogenic Hypothalamic Diseases 20. Idiopathic Diseases of the Hypothalamus
The hypothalamus is an anatomically small but functionally important part of the brain. In functional and pathophysiological terms, the hypothalamus represents the intersection of several areas of clinical and medical expertise. The human hypothalamus can be astutely referred to as the crossroad of endocrinology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery. Because of its involvement in myriad physiologic functions and the varied ways disorders involving it can manifest, hypothalamic disease can initially come to medical attention in widely disparate settings and with widely different clinicians. Therefore, the detection and proper care of hypothalamic dysfunction and disease often requires carefully coordinated multidisciplinary care.
This volume fills a significant void in the medical professional community, comprehensively presenting the scope of hypothalamic structure, function, dysfunction and disease to cater to the various clinical, teaching and research professionals that have a stake in this part of the human brain. This text captures in one place all the information that practicing clinicians, clinician scientists, and researchers need to be adequately informed about various aspects of the hypothalamus in all its complexity. It is comprehensive and broad in scope so that it provides relevant reference information for the wide range of professionals involved in the pre- and post-mortem detection, diagnosis, characterization, care and management of various hypothalamic disorders and diseases in addition to providing a sound anatomic and physiologic foundation of the normal human hypothalamus. The Human Hypothalamus can be used to differing degrees by medical professionals and students alike, finding utility for interested general clinicians, medical school and allied health professional teaching faculty as well as subspecialists in domains as wide as neurosurgery, neuroendocrinology, clinical psychiatry and neuro-oncology.
Gabriel Uwaifo, MD, FACE, FTOS, DABOM, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Queensland Australia, Ochsner Clinical School, Senior Clinical Scientist and Attending Endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Weight Management, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA, USA