Sympathetic nervous system activity in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage.
In patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage there were increased concentrations of plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine when compared with those concentrations in a group of patients admitted to hospital with other illness. Reassessment after a variable period showed that in patients whose eventual clinical result was poor the plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine concentrations increased further while in those with a good result those concentrations showed a decline. No such changes were evident in plasma dopamine-beta-hydroxylase activities which were within normal range. In a sub-group of patients who had neurosurgery after admission for clipping an aneurysm, the post-operative changes of plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine concentrations were related to the clinical condition of the patients.
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