Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity: An Old but Unrecognized Condition

Monteiro, Filipa Brás and Fonseca, Ricardo Castro and Mendes, Rita (2017) Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity: An Old but Unrecognized Condition. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 4 (3). ISSN 2284-2594

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Patients who survive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can sometimes experience symptoms of excessive sympathetic discharge. Despite being known about for more than 60 years, the diagnostic criteria for this condition have only recently been defined under the name "paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity". Failure to recognize this syndrome leads to excessive costs, prolonged hospital stays and delayed recovery for TBI patients. This case report describes a patient whose specific rehabilitation program was affected by a failure to identify this entity, even though he presented with many of the characteristics of this condition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paroxysmal Sympathetic Activity (PSH), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Fever, beta-blocker
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.8 Malattie del sistema nervoso e disturbi mentali (Classificare qui la Neuropsichiatria, la Neurologia) > 616.81 Sistema nervoso - Malattie cerebrovascolari (Classificare qui l’Apoplessia cerebrale, l'Ischemia cerebrale, Ictus cerebrale)
Depositing User: Rita Negrini
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 12:54
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 12:54

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