Autonomic Dysreflexia

Uploaded by FacingDisability on 17.03.2011

It’s an abnormal response to pain in an individual who doesn’t necessarily feel
pain. The causes of autonomic dysreflexia are a variety—the most common thing, is
the bladder, typically distended bladder, but sometimes when an individual has a urinary
tract infection. Or they may have a bladder stone, any abnormality of the skin including
a burn, an irritation, infection or an ingrown toe nail. As a result, children with autonomic
dysreflexia will not only have hypertension, but because their brain can’t control what’s
below the injury, they end up having a, kind of a pounding headache, they may have flushing
of their face, they may have sweating, and they may just feel horrible. And because it’s
hypertension, it can be life-threatening and people can have strokes. So it’s critical
to try to prevent it by good bowel and bladder control, and skin care, aif someone has it,
autonomic dysreflexia, it’s extremely important that people react to it appropriately.