Neurostorming

Neurostorming, or storming, is a term used to describe an exaggerated and episodic stress response following a severe traumatic brain injury, especially for those with a Glasgow Coma Scale score between 3-8.

Symptoms can include alterations in level of consciousness, increased posturing, dystonia, hypertension, hyperthermia, tachycardia, tachypnea, diaphoresis, and agitation.

These symptoms are caused by an increase in circulating corticoids and catecholamines triggered by hypothalamic stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands.