Table 75.1Symptoms of Autonomic Dysfunction and Sleep Disorders

SymptomPossible disorder(s)Chapter(s)
Orthostatic dizziness or syncopeProgressive autonomic failure76, 78, 79
Shy–Drager syndrome
Riley–Day syndrome
Drug-induced autonomic dysfunction
Autonomic dysfunction in patients with diabetes, alcoholism, Parkinson's disease, etc.
Bladder incontinence, nocturia, frequency, loss of sensation of morning fullness, retrograde ejaculationAutonomic bladder dysfunction76, 79
Nocturnal diarrhea, fecal incontinence, nausea/vomitingAutonomic bowel dysfunction76
ImpotenceOrganic versus inorganic impotence76, 79
Gustatory sweatingDiabetic autonomic neuropathy78
InsomniaSituational psychophysiological insomnia77
Sleep apnea
Restless legs syndrome
Nocturnal myoclonus
Nightmares, sleep terrorsParasomnias77
Teeth grindingBruxism

From: Chapter 75, An Overview of the Autonomic Nervous System

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Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
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