Objective: Research has shown relative specialization of the cerebral hemispheres for processing and expressing emotions in addition to regulation of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function. Further, deactivation of the right orbitofrontal cortex has resulted in increased activation of the right anterior temporal lobe and an increase in sympathetic arousal (and emotional response). The current case presents evidence substantiating this system for the expression of negative affect and sympathetic arousal. Method: The patient, a 36 year old female, complained of “panic attack” symptoms and nonspecific neurologic symptoms secondary to anoxic encephalopathy following respiratory arrest during emergency C-section. Evaluation consisted of neuroradiologic (CT, MRI, qEEG) and neuropsychological (standardized tests/neurobehavioral syndrome analysis) assessment. Quantitative encephalography was conducted in a resting state and in a condition in which the patient was asked to rehearse memories that induced panic symptoms. Results: MRI did not yield structural lesions, however CT indicated cerebral edema. Neuropsychological assessment was...

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