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October 1976

Somatic Anxiety Attacks and Propranolol

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(10):689-691. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500100023010

• Patients with acute anxiety-like attacks are often evaluated for various medical conditions, and, when nothing is found, their symptoms are attributed to psychogenic causes. "β-Adrenergic hyperactivity" should be considered in these patients. Six patients are described who, we believe, are suffering from this condition. Low rates of isoproterenol hydrochloride infusion-precipitated symptoms that mimicked their spontaneous somatic anxiety attacks. Treatment with propranolol hydrochloride produced longterm symptomatic relief.

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