What is Autonomic Dysreflexia?
Autonomic dysreflexia is a medical emergency & life threatening. In regards to a SCI above the T4 to T6.
Symptoms are headache, anxiety, perspiration, flushing, chills, nasal congestion, sudden onset of hypertension, & bradycardia.
Pt should be sat up in an upright position & remove anything restrictive, such as abdominal binders or elastic stockings, to reduce blood pressure. The blader should be drained or legbag tubing checked for obstruction.