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abstract

  • Therapeutic stimulation of the autonomic nervous system has been limited by lack of qualitative or quantitative evaluation of autonomic mechanisms. This article provides an historical review of knowledge about autonomic pathways and critical evaluation of available tests of autonomic function. Recent developments in evaluation of autonomic dysfunction and improvement in techniques of neurostimulation have facilitated the development of a number of clinically useful treatments for bladder control, sexual problems, peripheral vascular disease, angina pectoris, and seizure disorders. Future therapeutic measures may allow specific control of hypertension, pain, cardiac arrhythmias, trophic disorders and balance.

publication date

  • January 1991