Nerve Disorders

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about nerve disorders.

What is autonomic dysfunction?

Dr. Zhijun Guo discusses autonomic dysfunction. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is autonomic dysfunction?

Autonomic dysfunction happens when the autonomic nerve system stops working properly. The autonomic nerve system is the part of nerve network that controls body and organ function automatically, without a person's conscious thinking. That is where the name comes from, autonomic.

The basic structure of the autonomic nerve system consists of central control units located in part of the brain and the spinal cord, and also the nerve, which is cable connecting the control unit to the organ, like heart, lung, stomach, and bladder. The function, if it's in the autonomic system, is breathing, blood pressure regulation, bladder function, and body temperature regulation.

 

Autonomic dysfunction is when the autonomic nervous system isn’t working right, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say. 

The autonomic nervous system controls how your body and organs function without you having to think about it. Some examples include how your heart, lungs, stomach, and bladder work. 

The system also controls breathing, blood pressure regulation, and body temperature.

With autonomic dysfunction, there’s a glitch in the system that normally makes your body work correctly.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about autonomic dysfunction.

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Source: Zhijun Guo, MD, PhD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute