TITLE

VASOMOTOR RESPONSES TO EXTERNAL STIMULI IN PARAPLEGIC PATIENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Beaconsfield, Peter; David Messent, A.
PUB. DATE
October 1958
SOURCE
Angiology;Oct1958, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p306
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
1. Cardiovascular responses to external stimuli (ice or pinprick) in 10 paraplegic patients were studied. Blood flows above and below the level of the lesion, blood pressure, pulse and cardiac output were measured. As controls, four normal subjects and six patients who had undergone sympathectomy for peripheral vascular disease were used. 2. Cutaneous stimuli produce, in a paraplegic patient with complete transection of the spinal cord above the level of the sympathetic outflow, a more marked and more widespread vasomotor response in the denervated area than a similar stimulus produces in a normal subject. 3. A paraplegic patient with complete transection of the spinal cord above the level of the sympathetic outflow can register reflex vasoconstriction in the contralateral limb after strong external stimulus without experiencing pain and with the reflex arc being complete below the level of the lesion.
ACCESSION #
16400204

 

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