Brain correlates of an unexpected panic attack: a human positron emission tomographic study.

@article{Fischer1998BrainCO,
  title={Brain correlates of an unexpected panic attack: a human positron emission tomographic study.},
  author={H{\aa}kan Fischer and Jesper L. R. Andersson and Tomas Furmark and Mats Fredrikson},
  journal={Neuroscience letters},
  year={1998},
  volume={251 2},
  pages={137-40}
}
Previous brain imaging studies on symptom provocation in panic anxiety have used either drug-infusions or sensory related stimulation to induce panic attacks. We here report positron emission tomographic measurements of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) during an unexpected panic attack in a healthy female volunteer participating in a fear conditioning study. During a first but not a second run with electric shock presentations the woman unexpectedly experienced a panic attack that fulfilled… CONTINUE READING