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Thalamic syndrome
ICD-9 338.0
OMIM [1]
DiseasesDB 13002
MedlinePlus [2]
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Thalamic syndrome (or thalamic pain syndrome) is a condition that can be associated with inadequate blood supply from the posterior cerebral artery. It is a rare neurological disorder in which the body becomes hypersensitive to pain as a result of damage to the thalamus, a part of the brain that affects sensation. The thalamus has been described as the brain’s sensory relay station. Primary symptoms are pain and loss of sensation, usually in the face, arms, and/or legs.

Pain or discomfort may be felt[1] after being mildly touched or even in the absence of a stimulus. The pain associated with thalamic syndrome may be made worse by exposure to heat or cold and by emotional distress. Sometimes, this may include even such emotions as those brought on by listening to music.


It is also known as "Dejerine-Roussy disease", after Joseph Jules Dejerine and Gustave Roussy.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. Schott GD (December 1996). From thalamic syndrome to central poststroke pain. J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 61 (6): 560–4.
  2. Who Named It synd/1273
  3. J. J. Dejerine, G. Roussy. Le syndrome thalamique. Revue neurologique, Paris, 1906, 14: 521-532.
  4. Pearce JM (May 1988). The thalamic syndrome of Dejerine and Roussy. J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 51 (5): 676.

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