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July 8, 1974

Vasomotor-like Paroxysms

JAMA. 1974;229(2):139. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400015011

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To the Editor.—  I was much interested in the perplexing case of vasomotorlike manifestations in a hypertensive patient (228:625, 1974). I have a similar case that, I hope, will interest your readers.A 39-year-old Puerto Rican man, hitherto in good shape but rather "nervous," started to complain of sudden, unexpected episodes of tremulousness, palpitation, sweating, and abdominal pains. No known "triggering cause" for these episodes could be found. During these episodes, his face would flush, and his blood pressure rise to about 180/110 mm Hg although he is usually normotensive. He is a nonsmoker and nondrinker. The following diagnoses were considered: (1) pheochromocytoma and (2) carcinoid syndrome (in spite of the hypertension). When these diagnoses could not be substantiated, a diencephalic syndrome was investigated. Thus, an extensive neurologic survey was undertaken, and in spite of negative results, antiepileptic treatment was instituted "just in case"—but in vain. Finally, I prescribed cyproheptadine,