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Doctor insights on: Tests For Autonomic Dysfunction

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How do they test for autonomic dysfunction? What doctor?

How do they test for autonomic dysfunction? What doctor?

Several ways: Ways to test for dysautonomia include a thermoregulatory sweat test, tilt table testing, gastric emptying testing, urodynamics, quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (qsart), and labs looking for autoantibodies such as autonomic ganglionic acetylcholine receptor antibody (ab), ganglionic receptor ab, ganglioside ab, antibodies to presynaptic channels, and antineuronal ab. A neuro doc can help. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


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Pet/CT negative. Anti Hu blood test negative. Signe of Autonomic dysfunction for 18 months. Is this likely to be paraneoplastic from occult cancer? TY

Pet/CT negative. Anti Hu blood test negative. Signe of Autonomic dysfunction for 18 months. Is this likely to be paraneoplastic from occult cancer? TY

Not sure: Not sure what you mean by autonomic dysfunction... can you elaborate on symptoms? I wouldn't go looking for zebras unless the more common conditions have been ruled out such as diabetes ...Read more

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Signs of autonomic dysfunction?

Many things: In general problems with fluctuation of blood pressure or sweating or coldness are common symptoms. ...Read more

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How is autonomic dysfunction treated?

How is autonomic dysfunction treated?

Multiple options: For a review see http://health.Nytimes.Com/health/guides/disease/autonomic-neuropathy/overview.Html.Various strategies may be used to reduce symptoms of light-headedness or dizziness when standing. These include: extra salt in the diet or taking salt tablets to increase fluid volume in blood vessels fludrocortisone or similar medications to help your body retain salt and fluid.More... ...Read more

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What are key symptoms of autonomic dysfunction?

What are key symptoms of autonomic dysfunction?

Dizzy spells: The function of the autonomic system is to maintain blood pressure and integrety of the circulation. Although there are people whose autonomic systems malfunction without a reason, usually it is due to a neuropathy from diabetes. ...Read more

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What is autonomic dysfunction? What are the symptoms?

What is autonomic dysfunction? What are the symptoms?

Dysautonomia : Too many to list here. Please refer to the website referenced below. This is an excellent review of dysautonomia. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/dysautonomia dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction) is any disease or malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ans). ...Read more

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Can autonomic dysfunction difficulty to diagnose? Can it still be present and not captured during testing?

Can autonomic dysfunction difficulty to diagnose? Can it still be present and not captured during testing?

Yes: Autonomic dysfunction can be difficult to diagnose. Sudomotor reflex testing, tilt table, ekg variability, sympathetic skin response and skin biopsy can all be useful to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you get autonomic dysfunction? I'm 33 years old is it normal people my age to have this will this ever go away

How do you get autonomic dysfunction? I'm 33 years old is it normal people my age to have this will this ever go away

Variety of reasons: Reasons may be genetic, others not...(i.e. bad luck?)....there's really no known environmental cause or risk factor for acquiring dysautonomia. How were you actually diagnosed. I see you're on some serious meds. Were you diagnosed by a neurologist & by comprehensive autonomic testing or just tilt table? I'd 1st want to know your DX is real. Write me if you like: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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How do they diagnose dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction?

Many ways: Heart rate goes up when you arise and we put a monitor for that. In addition blood pressure drops as you get up but the body compensates, it may not be able to (orthostatic). We walk a person and see the heart rate go up if normal. ...Read more

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Can autonomic dysfunction cause difficulty with concentration an inability to think clearly?If so, why?

Autonomic dysfunct: Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system is known as dysautonomia. The system regulates unconscious body functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, temperature regulation, GI secretion, and responses to stress such as the "fight or flight" syndrome. As regulating these functions involves various and multiple organ systems, dysfunctions involves various and multiple disorders. Read. ...Read more

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Is autonomic dysfunction a symptom of cirrhosis?

It can be: Both large and small fiber neuropathies can be associated with liver cirrhosis, but the question is whether this is because of the etiology of the cirrhosis (such as chronic alcoholism) or because of the cirrhosis itself. Regardless, evaluation by a neurologist and electrophysiologic studies can clarify. ...Read more

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My pupils are generally always large, can this be related to my autonomic dysfunction? Why are they so large?

Fight or flight: response includes elevated hear rate, elevated BP. dilated pupils drying up of secretions and increased blood flow to skin and muscle. This is due to activation of the sympathetic nervous system. Anticholinergic drugs do the same thing. ...Read more

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Can I take hydroxycut gumimes with autonomic dysfunction? My Dr not calling me back so I guess it's ok to try it

Can I take hydroxycut gumimes with autonomic dysfunction? My Dr not calling me back so I guess it's ok to try it

Not shown to be: effective by FDA. Plus most products contain caffeine (discuss with your doctor weather or not you can take caffeine with the type of autonomic dysfunction you have.) In 2009 Hydroxycut was pulled from the shelves because an ingredient caused liver failure and rhabdomyolysis. They have re-introduced a new formula since then but as I should remind you there has been no formal scientific study ...Read more

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Have you ever heard or seen a patient suffering with an Autonomic dysfunction, which seems to be related directly with their bowels?

Yes: But just to clarify what you're really asking. First, I'm a neurologist. I see lots of things which appear to have NOTHING to do with the nervous system but then, they do. So that's not so new....but are you asking whether or not I've seen a case of Autonomic Dysfunction manifest SOLELY or FIRSTLY as Bowel dysfunction? That's an interesting question. Wanna chat? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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If you have autonomic dysfunction can it effect you not getting better quickly the more I think of this maybe that the reason I'm not feeling good?

P.O.T.S. : 33 yo female bemoans chronic ill feeling, "autonomic dysfunction, syncope & collapse" & might have underlying joint hypermobility (see Brighton Criteria), which can underlie Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and a symptom that can be associated with Fibromyalgia. Mitral valve prolapse needs to be ruled out. Osteopathic & Rheumatologic evaluations might be helpful. ...Read more

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I have autonomic dysfunction - and I have lupus does this mean i will have a poor prognosis and die early from lupus? Autonomic dys. Is under control

I have autonomic dysfunction - and I have lupus does this mean i will  have a poor prognosis and die early from lupus? Autonomic dys. Is under control

Depends: Depends on how lupus is affecting you. Two people with lupus may not share a single problem. Some lupus problems require no treatment; others are life threatening. Within 2 years of onset, you will know the risks. ...Read more

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What is autonomic dysfunction as it relates to blood pressure?

Dysautonomia: or autonomic dysfunction, is a general term for various conditions in which the autonomic nervous system does not work correctly. This includes blood pressure regulation and heart rate control as well as many functions regulated by the vagus nerve. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of autonomic dysfunction? Tachycardia up to 190bpm?

Other cause fr tachy: Pl see link for a brief overview of autonomic dysfunction which generally does not include tachycardia in this range. If this is usual heart rate it could indicate SVT necessitating a cardiac evaluation and treatment to slow down the heart rate as indicated. ...Read more

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Can a person with autonomic dysfunction received versed for a colonoscopy? Any risks?

If you have : Autonomic dysfunction, i would recommend and sedation be given to you by an anesthesiologist dedicated to your care rather than a nurse supervised by the endoscopist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more