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Autonomic Nervous System Testing

  • Frederick K. Nahm
  • Roy Freeman

Abstract

Autonomic testing encompasses an array of procedures that can be used to assess a variety of symptoms ranging from lightheadedness and dizziness to anhydrosis to constipation and urinary incontinence. A number of procedures are available for testing of the many varied aspects of both the parasympafhetic and sympathetic nervous systems. These tests include Valsalva maneuver testing, RR interval testing, tilt-table testing, microneurography, and the thermoregulatory sweat test. This chapter reviews the basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the autonomie nervous system and the tests that are most effective in their evaluation.

Key Words

Anhydrosis hypotension lightheadedness neuropathy parasympathetic sympathetic 

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© Humana Press Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick K. Nahm
    • 1
  • Roy Freeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale New Haven Health SystemsGreenwich
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBoston

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