Pure autonomic failure
Other Names for this Disease
- Bradbury Eggleston syndrome
- Bradbury-Eggleston syndrome
- Idiopathic orthostatic hypotension
- Idiopathic orthostatic hypotension (a symptom)
- Orthostatic hypotension (a symptom)
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 The autonomic nervous system is the part of our bodies that controls involuntary actions, such as the widening or narrowing of our blood vessels. Failure of this system can cause a variety of symptoms. The most common symptom of pure autonomic failure is orthostatic hypotension. Other symptoms may include decreased sweating, heat intolerance, in ability to empty the bladder, erectile dysfunction, incontinence or constipation, and pupil changes. The cause of this condition is unknown.Pure autonomic failure is characterized by generalized autonomic failure without involving the brain or spinal cord (central nervous system).
Last updated: 2/26/2009
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- Senard JM. Pure autonomic failure. Orphanet. 2000; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=EN&Expert=441. Accessed 2/25/2009.
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