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Mov Disord Clin Pract. 2017 May-Jun;4(3):298-308. doi: 10.1002/mdc3.12478. Epub 2017 Mar 16.

Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension.

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Dysautonomia Center, Department of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.



Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a sustained fall in blood pressure on standing which can cause symptoms of organ hypoperfusion. OH is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and leads to a significant number of hospital admissions particularly in the elderly (233 per 100,000 patients over 75 years of age in the US). OH can be due to volume depletion, blood loss, large varicose veins, medications, or due to defective activation of sympathetic nerves and reduced norepinephrine release upon standing (i.e., neurogenic OH).


Literature review. Neurogenic OH is a frequent and disabling problem in patients with synucleinopathies such as Parkinson disease, multiple system atrophy, and pure autonomic failure, and is commonly associated with supine hypertension. Several pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic options are available.


Here we review the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of neurogenic OH, and provide an algorithm for its treatment emphasizing the importance of removing aggravating factors, implementing non-pharmacologic measures, and selecting appropriate pharmacological treatments.


Autonomic failure; Droxidopa; Multiple system atrophy; Parkinson disease; Supine hypertension; Synucleinopathies

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