Autonomic Dysreflexia

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Autonomic dysreflexia is a severe state in which the autonomic nervous system overreacts towards certain stimuli felt by the spinal cord. The stimuli causes pressure to the lower part of the spine and leads to the narrowing of the blood vessels and eventually, stroke. This is common among patients who met a spinal cord injury.


Diagnosis can be done by physical check up and constant review of the person's condition after a spinal cord injury.


Treatment is done by removing the fluids of the gall bladder using catheterization.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of the illness include pounding headache, sweating, nasal congestion, slow pulse rate, restlessness and blotching of the skin. Masses meanwhile develop on around the nerves located at the spinal cord which hinder the blood to pass through, causing the pressure.


The main causes of autonomic dysreflexia are previous spinal cord injuries as well as hypertension. It is also triggered by the overfilling of the bladder.

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