Autonomic dysreflexia

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Autonomic dysreflexia is a serious medical condition which can affect people with a spinal cord injury. There are a number of ways in which you can minimise the risk of this occurring.

What is autonomic dysreflexia?

Autonomic dysreflexia is a replication of the 'fight or flight' response. It is a medical emergency and requires urgent medical attention.

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Your symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the strength of the stimulation.

How is autonomic dysreflexia treated?

Things to do if you are experiencing an episode of autonomic dysreflexia.

How to prevent autonomic dysreflexia

Autonomic dysreflexia is a preventable condition. Good management of your bladder, bowel and skin will help you avoid creating the problems that can lead to dysreflexia.

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If you have a spinal cord injury at or above T6 level of your spinal cord, always carry your autonomic dysreflexia card.

Autonomic dysreflexia and medication

Glyceryl trinitrate is a medicine that may be used during autonomic dysreflexia.