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Spontaneous Periodic Hypothermia: Diencephalic Epilepsy

BMJ 1973; 2 doi: (Published 23 June 1973) Cite this as: BMJ 1973;2:693
  1. R. H. Fox,
  2. D. C. Wilkins,
  3. J. A. Bell,
  4. R. D. Bradley,
  5. N. L. Browse,
  6. W. I. Cranston,
  7. T. H. Foley,
  8. E. D. Gilby,
  9. Ann Hebden,
  10. B. S. Jenkins,
  11. M. D. Rawlins


    The case of a patient with episodic hypothermia and profuse sweating believed to be due to diencephalic epilepsy is reported. Despite intensive investigations no other manifestations of hypothalamic dysfunction were found. Conventional antiepileptic drugs were without effect but the patient was successfully treated by total sympathectomy.