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Autonomic dysreflexia triggered by breastfeeding in a tetraplegic mother.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18843434     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To highlight an unusual cause of autonomic dysreflexia in tetraplegia and present a review of the literature.
STUDY DESIGN: Case report of a patient in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, UK.
METHODS: A 33-year-old woman with C6 incomplete tetraplegia presented with signs and symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia attributed to breastfeeding.
RESULTS: Cessation of breastfeeding was effective in stopping autonomic dysreflexia.
CONCLUSION: Autonomic dysreflexia is associated with a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. Identification of the triggering cause is vital in order to prevent further complications. Breastfeeding is an unusual and unexpected cause of autonomic dysreflexia.
Fras Dakhil-Jerew; Susan Brook; Fadel Derry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation medicine     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1651-2081     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Med     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-09     Completed Date:  2008-10-20     Revised Date:  2014-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088169     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Med     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  780-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Autonomic Dysreflexia / diagnosis,  etiology*
Breast Feeding*
Quadriplegia / complications,  physiopathology*
Risk Factors

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