Autonomic neuropathy is a disease of the non-voluntary, non-sensory nervous system affecting mostly the internal organs such as the bladder muscles, the cardiovascular system, the digestive tract, and the genital organs. These nerves are not under a person's conscious control and function automatically. They do not run through the spinal cord.
Also called visceral neuropathy. Most commonly autonomic neuropathy is seen in persons with long-standing diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2.
Common signs and symptoms autonomic neuropathy (in combination or alone):
- urinary bladder
- bladder incontinence or urine retention
- gastrointestinal tract
- abdominal pain
- fecal incontinence
- cardiovascular system
- disturbances of heart rate (tachycardia and/or bradycardia)
- orthostatic hypotension
- inadequate increase of heart rate on exertion
- erectile impotence
- hypoglycemia unawareness
Posted by Staff at June 8, 2005 8:26 AMblog comments powered by Disqus