Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2010 Apr 12;9:13. doi: 10.1186/1744-859X-9-13.

Coincidence of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia and panic disorder: two case reports.

Author information

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Münster, Münster, Germany. katharina.domschke@ukmuenster.de

Abstract

Panic disorder (PD) is characterised by sudden attacks of intense fear with somatic symptoms including palpitations and tachycardia. Reciprocally, palpitations caused by paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) are commonly associated with anxiety and may therefore be misdiagnosed as PD. As demonstrated by two case reports, PSVT and PD can occur comorbidly in a chronological sequence, with PSVT possibly precipitating and maintaining PD via interoceptive processes or, alternatively, with PD increasing the risk for PSVT by elevating stress levels. As both PSVT and PD require different treatments, potentially helpful differential clinical diagnostic criteria are proposed.

PMID:
20385011
[PubMed]
PMCID:
PMC2864277
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for BioMed Central Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk