Using the India ink double-perfusion technique, the blood vessels of the rat's medial hypothalamus were reconstructed from serial sections. The area studied comprised the ventromedial, dorsomedial and perifornical nuclei. The arterial supply of this territory comes from the middle hypothalamic and the anterior, middle and posterior tuberal arteries. The drainage is strictly undirectional: ventralward by the anterior, middle and posterior ventromedial, the posteromedial and posterolateral hypothalamic veins, all ending in the basal vein. The arteries of the ventromedial and dorsomedial nuclei are distinct from those of the arcuate nucleus and median eminence, and their drainage is not connected with the portal vessels. The nuclei studied, even at the levels of their subdivisions, possess their own arteries whose territories of supply can be well distinguished with a minimum of overlap. The topography of these arteries is described in detail. The medial hypothalamus has no vascular connections with other regions of the diencephalon including the thalamus.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Acta morphologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1977|
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