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"sudomotor Reflex Was Absent In The Lower Extremities"-- What Does That Mean??


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Ok guys, another question from m autonomic work up at Beth Israel. All I can figure out is that it has to do with the sweat test- they had the little electrode thingies attached to hands and feet... Is not having a sudomotor reflex in the lower extremities relevant to anything? What does it mean?

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Hmm..

Well after reading that I'm not sure that's the test I had-- at the very least, it didn't last more than a few minutes.

It seems that maybe it's just another sign of autonomic dysfunction? Or would this be neuropathy (I'm not too familiar with what this means to be honest)? Does anyone know if the "sudomotor reflex was absent in the lower extremities" offers any further clues to my POTS-puzzle?

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It's my understanding that it refers to your sweating reflex which they are testing with the Q-sart test. Since it says it was absent it would seem to be another indicator in your POTS puzzle. Mine was "diminished", not absent, and it resulted in a diagnosis of autonomic neuropathy.

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