Autonomic Dysreflexia, also known as Hyperreflexia, means an over-activity of the Autonomic Nervous System causing an abrupt onset of excessively high blood pressure. Persons at risk for this problem generally have injury levels above T-5. Autonomic dysreflexia can develop suddenly and is potentially life threatening and is considered a medical emergency. If not treated promptly and correctly, it may lead to seizures, stroke, and even death.
AD occurs when an irritating stimulus is introduced to the body below the level of spinal cord injury, such as an overfull bladder. The stimulus sends nerve impulses to the spinal cord, where they travel upward until they are blocked by the Lesion at the level of injury. Since the impulses cannot reach the brain, a Reflex is activated that increases activity of the sympathetic portion of autonomic nervous system. This results in spasms and a narrowing of the blood vessels, which causes a rise in the blood pressure.
If you recently experienced a spinal cord injury, it might seem like every aspect of life just became a lot more complicated. After all, adapting to life with a Disability — often in a wheelchair — is no easy task.
You’ll likely experience many thoughts and emotions after injury. And you’ll likely have concerns about how your injury will affect your lifestyle, your financial situation and your personal relationships. Grieving and emotional stress are normal and common. However, if your grief and sadness are affecting your personal care, causing you to isolate yourself from others, or prompting you to abuse alcohol or other drugs, it’s time to seek help.
Maintaining a healthy sex life after spinal cord injury is an important priority to many people. Fortunately, over the past few years a large amount of research has begun to be performed in this area. Whereas in the past our knowledge about the field of spinal cord injury was exclusively focused on males and erectile function, recent work has begun to illustrate the impact of spinal cord injury on female sexuality. Moreover, recent gains in the study of infertility after spinal cord injury have allowed professionals to approach the care of newly injured patients with optimism for their potential in sexual functioning. In this article, I will provide a basic review of what is known about sexual functioning after spinal cord injury and the impact on patients.
It’s been nearly two years since David Busta held a book in his hands, combed his hair, pedaled a bike or took a step from his bed or wheelchair.
The 29-year-old UW-Madison graduate is limited by the injuries he sustained in a freak 30-foot fall outside the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee. Likely paralyzed for life, Busta looks ahead in part by focusing back on his alma mater, where he believes scientists can solve the puzzle of reanimating his arms and legs through the promise of human embryonic stem-cell research.
FENTON TWP. – Giving Karly Pollack a second chance at a normal life may come from an experimental stem cell transplant not performed in the United States.
Her family left Sunday for the Bahamas where a California doctor will perform the treatment using cells harvested from umbilical cord blood.
A Chinese neurosurgeon’s experimental operation using fetal cells is giving paraplegics hope but stirring medical and ethical concerns.
Strolling briskly through the dim halls of Chaoyang Hospital, neurosurgeon Huang Hongyun says his pioneering medical work using fetal cells to treat paralysis and other nervous system ailments is swamping him with attention.
BEIJING – Strolling briskly through the dim halls of Chaoyang Hospital, neurosurgeon Huang Hongyun says his pioneering medical work using fetal cells to treat paralysis and other nervous system ailments is swamping him with attention.
The cell phone jangles. Lecture invitations mount. E-mails pour in from around the world.
As senators make moves, a walk through the stem-cell fray.
A few weeks ago, 206 congressmen sent a letter to President Bush demanding increased federal funding for more embryonic-stem-cell lines, and all but accusing the president of single-handedly standing in the way of curing many terrible human diseases.
THE Victorian government has backed a $12 million study of a wallaby species that might lead to better treatments for cancer and spinal cord injury, it was announced in Melbourne today.
ABC of sexual health
Almost 4% of the UK population have some form of physical, sensory, or intellectual Impairment–almost 2.5 million people. Many of these disabling conditions can produce sexual problems of desire, arousal, orgasm, or sexual pain in men and women. Sexual difficulties may arise from direct trauma to the genital area (due to either accident or disease), damage to the nervous system (such as spinal cord injury), or as an indirect consequence of a non-sexual illness (cancer of any organ may not directly affect sexual abilities but can cause fatigue and reduce the desire or ability to engage in sexual activity).