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How can I prevent autonomic dysreflexia?

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You can take steps to lower your chance of complications:

  • Use the bathroom on a regular schedule.
  • Know the signs of a bladder infection.
  • Take care not to get skin sores or ingrown toenails.
  • Carry a card for emergencies to let people know you might have autonomic dysreflexia.

From: What Is Autonomic Dysreflexia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “A systematic review of the management of autonomic dysreflexia following spinal cord injury.”

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine : “Life-threatening outcomes associated with autonomic dysreflexia: A clinical review.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research.”

The Shepherd Center: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

The Reeve Foundation: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

Postgraduate Medical Journal : "Autonomic dysreflexia: a medical emergency."

Canadian Family Physician : “Autonomic dysreflexia -- Recognizing a common serious condition in patients with spinal cord injury.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “A systematic review of the management of autonomic dysreflexia following spinal cord injury.”

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine : “Life-threatening outcomes associated with autonomic dysreflexia: A clinical review.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research.”

The Shepherd Center: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

The Reeve Foundation: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

Postgraduate Medical Journal : "Autonomic dysreflexia: a medical emergency."

Canadian Family Physician : “Autonomic dysreflexia -- Recognizing a common serious condition in patients with spinal cord injury.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 12, 2018

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