dysreflexia


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dysreflexia

 [dis″re-flek´se-ah]
a condition of disordered response to stimuli.
autonomic dysreflexia
1. an uninhibited and exaggerated response of the autonomic nervous system to stimulation, as seen in many patients with high spinal cord injuries; see also autonomic dysreflexia.
2. a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as a life-threatening uninhibited sympathetic response of the nervous system to a noxious stimulus after a spinal cord injury at T7 or above.

dysreflexia

(dĭs′rĭ-flĕk′sē-ə)
n.
Abnormally increased or decreased response to physiologic stimuli.

dys·re·flex·i·a

(dis'rē-flek'sē-ă)
A condition of disordered or inappropriate responses to stimuli.
[dys- + reflex + -ia]

dysreflexia

(dĭs″rē′flĕks-ē-ă)
The state in which an individual with a spinal cord injury at T-7 or above experiences a life-threatening uninhibited sympathetic response of the nervous system to a noxious stimulus.
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Tolerance to training was also gauged by the reports of pain or symptoms related to autonomic dysreflexia.
The patient complains of an intense headache indicating a cerebrospinal fluid leak or autonomic dysreflexia related to the surgery; the nurse must recognize these signs as possible complications and implement interventions to resolve the situation.
A sense of unease and autonomic dysreflexia are also compatible with C-UTI in patients with spinal cord injury.
Recognition and management of autonomic dysreflexia in pediatric spinal cord injury.
Also discussed were the concerns with autonomic dysreflexia when blood pressure elevation needs to be monitored, regularity enforced, and the maintenance of soft formed stool.
Another complication may be the post-thrombotic syndrome, which includes persistent oedema, purpura (bleeding into the skin), increased skin pigmentation, pain, eczema-like dermatitis, pruritis (itchiness), cellulitis, ulceration, and possibly spasticity or autonomic dysreflexia (Powell et al 1999, Warrell et al 2003).
A 19-year-old man presented with an acute quadriplegia secondary to anterior spinal artery thrombosis He required admission to the intensive care unit for ventilatory support and developed autonomic dysreflexia within 72 hours of his first symptoms, due to paralytic ileus with distension of the bowel.
Individuals with SCI that have difficulty with manual bladder management and who have frequent infections of the urinary tract and prone to autonomic dysreflexia are generally considered for ES bladder systems.
The former mechanic suffers from autonomic dysreflexia, an anxiety-related condition which can lead to a heart attack.
Difficulties such as urinary tract infections, pressure sores, and autonomic dysreflexia,(1) for example, could become life-threatening if not treated properly -- and promptly.