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How to Assess the Autonomic Nervous System

By

George Newman

, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein Medical Center

Last full review/revision May 2020
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Assessment of the autonomic nervous system involves checking for the following:

Disturbances of bowel, bladder, sexual, and hypothalamic function should be noted.

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