Also known as: autonomic nerve disorder, autonomic neuropathy, autonomic nervous system disorders, dysautonomia
What is autonomic dysfunction?
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a network of nerves that sends signals between the brain and certain organs to stimulate their activity. It controls elements such as digestion, breathing, heartbeat and body temperature. When something goes wrong with the autonomic nervous system, this is known as autonomic dysfunction.
What causes autonomic dysfunction?
In many cases, autonomic dysfunction occurs as a symptom or result of the presence of another disease. A number of conditions contribute to autonomic dysfunction, including amyloidosis, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and many others.
What are the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction?
A wide range of symptoms can be present with autonomic dysfunction, depending on what parts of the body are affected. You can have an abnormal heart rhythm, digestive difficulties, sweating problems, dizziness, fainting, sexual or urinary problems, vision problems or a broad range of other disorders.
What are autonomic dysfunction care options?
Usually treatment of the underlying condition is required for autonomic dysfunction. Often the problems cannot be cured, but they can be improved through medication and therapy related to the underlying condition.
Reviewed by: Anthony F. Rossi, MD
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 05:02 PM
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