Autonomic Testing

Also known as: autonomic function tests.

What is autonomic testing?

Autonomic testing refers to a series of tests that determine how well the autonomic nerves respond to stimulation. They are used to look for nerve damage.
 

What happens during the test?

Most autonomic tests measure heart rate and blood pressure when the body is subjected to different conditions. These include a test that involves being placed on a tilted table (tilt table test), a test that requires deep breathing, and a test that involves blowing into a tube (Vasalva maneuver).  
 

Is any special preparation needed?

No.
 

What are the risk factors?

None.

Autonomic testing at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: Autonomic testing can be performed as needed by trained professionals at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Reviewed by: Ronald J Kanter, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/25/2018 9:20:45 AM

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