Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity after Surgery for Cerebral Hemorrhagic Arteriovenous Malformation: A Case Report

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Paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity is a condition involving a sudden increase in body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, sweating, and posturing followed by severe brain injury. Most of the reported preceding disorders involve head trauma, followed by anoxic brain injury, and stroke. Here, we report an extremely rare case of 17-year-old man diagnosed with hemorrhagic arteriovenous malformation, underwent emergent surgery, was on prolonged sedation due to postoperative complications, and subsequently developed paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity.

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