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What is autonomic dysreflexia and what does it have to do with spinal cord injuries?

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Against popular belief, spinal cord injuries affect more than your ability to walk. There are over 100,000 SCI paralysis victims currently living in the U.S., all of whom suffer additional symptoms. A spinal cord injury itself may cause paralysis, but when spinal cord nerves are damaged, the possibility for even more traumatic and life-threatening side effects occur—one of which is autonomic dysreflexia.

Causes

Autonomic dysreflexia is a reaction caused by overstimulation of the involuntary (autonomic) nervous system, when the spinal cord is damaged above the T10 vertebrae. When your spinal cord is damaged, common sensory impulses from the bladder and bowels, have no way of traveling to your brain; therefore, the nerve signals become overstimulated and send out a massive surge which constricts blood flow causing extreme hypertension and various problems within your nervous system.  

Effects

  • Seizures
  • Retinal hemorrhages
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

 

Autonomic dysreflexia is only one of the many side effects SCI victims must be aware of, potentially fear, and treat against. However, treatments can be extremely expensive. This is why it is imperative to seek the counsel of an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer after your accident, in order to get the proper medical compensation you deserve.

Contact us for a free consultation about whether you're entitled to damages for your spinal cord injury. We can get you the settlement you need to help pay for the proper care and treatment you require to monitor and prevent the effects of autonomic dysreflexia. Call today!

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