J Spinal Cord Med 2019 Dec 9:1-4. Epub 2019 Dec 9.
Center for Pain Medicine, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Episodic attacks of autonomic dysreflexia (AD) are regularly experienced by patients with a spinal cord injury (SCI) on T6 or higher levels. The episodes can result in a pounding headache, flushing, blurred vision, anxiety, a stroke, posturing, hyperthermia, retinal bleeding, seizures, myocardial ischemia, cardiac arrhythmias, and death. The observed associated bradycardia is explained as a baroreceptor reflex response to the high blood pressure. Read More