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Brainstem Haemorrhage due to Autonomic Dysreflexia in a Person with C6 Tetraplegia

Raji Thomas, Swapna Patil

Citation Information : Thomas R, Patil S. Brainstem Haemorrhage due to Autonomic Dysreflexia in a Person with C6 Tetraplegia. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2015; 26 (4):114-116.

DOI: 10.5005/ijopmr-26-4-114

Published Online: 00-12-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Autonomic dysreflexia is an important clinical complication occurring in patients with high levels of spinal cord injury. If untreated, the acute rise in blood pressure can cause end organ damage, including intracerebral haemorrhage. Though unusual, it can be fatal with large haemorrhages causing brain herniation syndromes. Here we report the case of a patient with C6 complete tetraplegia patient who developed brainstem haemorrhage during an episode of autonomic dysreflexia. The pathophysiology and treatment methods of this condition are discussed, highlighting the importance of preventive measures to avoid the same.

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