Sunday, December 21, 2008


Dear autonomic nervous system,
Please do not be a jerk.


The outlook for patients with dysautonomia depends on the particular diagnostic category. Most forms of dysautonomia are not life threatening,however it is certainly life changing. Patients often black out, faint, get increasingly high heart rates and have to lie down on a day to day basis. Patients with chronic, progressive, generalized dysautonomia in the setting of central nervous system degeneration have a generally poor long-term prognosis. Death can occur in young children and the elderly. Younger patients can die from pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, or sudden cardiopulmonary arrest.

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