Autonomic dysreflexia triggered by breastfeeding in a tetraplegic mother
Fras Dakhil-Jerew, Susan Brook, Fadel Derry
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.
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