Category Archives: Neurology / Neuroscience

Assessing autonomic nerve functions in patients with spinal cord injury

Neurological functions following spinal cord injury have generally been assessed using the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) impairment scale. However, the scale primarily evaluates motor function, and little attention has been given to autonomic nerve functions, such as defecation, sweating or skin response.

What is anhidrosis? What hypohidrosis?

Anhidrosis, sometimes referred to as hypohidrosis, sudomotor dysfunction or sweating dysfunction, is an abnormal lack of sweat in response to heat - the person's body is unable to sweat normally. Anhidrosis is the complete absence of sweating, while hypohidrosis is sweating less than normal. If the human body cannot sweat properly it cannot cool itself, which is potentially harmful...