Autonomic neuropathy is a group of symptoms that occur when there is damage to the nerves that manage every day body functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, bowel and bladder emptying, and digestion.
Neuropathy - autonomic
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Autonomic neuropathy is a form of
Autonomic neuropathy involves damage to the nerves that run through a part of the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system includes the nerves used for communication to and from the brain and spinal cord (
Damage to the autonomic nerves affects the function of areas connected to the problem nerve. For example, damage to the nerves of the gastrointestinal tract makes it harder to move food during digestion (decreased gastric motility).
Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that regulate vital functions, including the heart muscle and smooth muscles.
Damage to the nerves supplying blood vessels causes problems with
Autonomic neuropathy is associated with the following:
- Disorders involving scarring and hardening (sclerosis) tissues
Guillain Barre syndromeor other diseases that inflame nerves
- Inherited nerve disorders
- Surgery or injury involving the nerves
- Use of anticholinergic medications