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AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA - INTRODUCTION

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AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA - INTRODUCTION

1. Characterised by an exaggerated reflex increase in BP + bradycardia.
2. SCI at T6 and above. The higher the lesion, the more severe the bouts of AD.
3. 48%-85% incidence.
4. Occurs after period of spinal shock, hence uncommon before 2 months after injury.
5. Common between 6-12 months.
6. 75% of patients experience AD by 1 year.
7. Also reported after post-fossa tumor resection.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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