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Your autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of your heart and the widening or narrowing of your blood vessels. When something goes wrong in this system, it can cause serious problems, including

  • Blood pressure problems
  • Heart problems
  • Trouble with breathing and swallowing
  • Erectile dysfunction in men

Autonomic nervous system disorders can occur alone or as the result of another disease, such as Parkinson's disease, alcoholism and diabetes. Problems can affect either part of the system, as in complex regional pain syndromes, or all of the system. Some types are temporary, but many worsen over time. When they affect your breathing or heart function, these disorders can be life-threatening.

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Illustration of the nervous system, including brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves
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  1. Autonomic Nervous System Disorders (National Library of Medicine)  
    Your autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of your ... with breathing and swallowing Erectile dysfunction in men Autonomic nervous system disorders can occur alone or as the result ...
  2. ... Autonomic Nervous System Disorders 4 Overview of the Autonomic Nervous System The autonomic nervous system regulates certain body processes, ...
  3. What Is Neuroblastoma? (American Cancer Society)  
    ... makes the tumor a ganglioneuroma (see below). Other autonomic nervous system tumors in children Not all childhood autonomic nervous system tumors are malignant (cancerous). Ganglioneuroma is a benign ( ...
  4. Genetics Home Reference: Multiple system atrophy From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... and balance and disrupts the function of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls body functions that are mostly involuntary, such ...
  5. ... the nervous system that controls involuntary body processes (autonomic nervous system) would react to such an imbalance by stimulating ... crest cells migrate to form parts of the autonomic nervous system, many tissues in the face and skull, and ...
  6. ... condition may also cause mild abnormalities of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary body functions such as heart ... are destroyed. The effects of HSAN2 on the autonomic nervous system are more variable. Some infants with HSAN2 have ...
  7. Genetics Home Reference: Horner syndrome From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... the nervous system that controls involuntary functions (the autonomic nervous system). Within the autonomic nervous system, the nerves are part of a subdivision called ...
  8. ... ptosis); and involuntary upward-rolling eye movements. The autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary body functions, may also be ... dopamine. Norepinephrine and epinephrine are involved in the autonomic nervous system. Mutations in the TH gene result in reduced ...
  9. Genetics Home Reference: Transthyretin amyloidosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... of sensation in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy). The autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary body functions such as blood ... of transthyretin amyloidosis primarily affects the peripheral and autonomic ... resulting in peripheral neuropathy and difficulty controlling bodily ...
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