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Autonomic neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerves that help
control the involuntary functions of the body (autonomic nervous system), such as heartbeat and blood pressure, sweating and temperature
regulation, digestion, urination, and some aspects of sexual function.
Diabetic autonomic neuropathy may damage the nerves in the heart
and circulatory system, causing a:
Autonomic neuropathy may affect the nerves that control
Damage to the nerves of the stomach and intestines may
Nerve damage may cause problems with the bladder and sex organs.
Common problems include:
While not usually life-threatening, autonomic neuropathy can be
disabling. There are effective treatments for some of the problems caused by
diabetic autonomic neuropathy.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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