Autonomic Dysreflexia

Ramesh Khurana

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Autonomic dysreflexia is a serious and common complication of spinal cord injury rostral to the T6 level. Bladder, bowel, and skin involvement below the lesion are common precipitants. The diagnosis is obvious when the patient presents with pounding headache, sweating, flushing, and severe hypertension, but subclinical episodes frequently elude detection. Prevention is the best management strategy. An acute episode not managed aggressively and systematically may lead to serious consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute episode management
  • Autonomic hyperactivity
  • Diagnosis
  • Hypertension
  • Precipitating factors
  • Prevention
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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