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A 22-year-old male asked:

How do you know if its postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or cardiac autonomic neuropathy? male 22. not diabetic. thanks

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Here's my take: Postural orthostatic techycardia syndrome is fairly common and has a variety of different causes if the pathologist gets to look at nerve. Since you're asking to distinguish two not-well-understood illnesses, neither of which has a specific treatment, and since autonomic neuropathy is usually a diabetic's problem, i'd go with the good clinical fit -- if it seems like pots, then that's working dx.
Last updated Jan 11, 2015

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