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Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Research, Investigation, and Treatment

The Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders is an international center for research, investigation, and treatment of disorders of the peripheral and autonomic nervous system.

Autonomic Dysfunction

The autonomic nervous system controls the automatic body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and bowel, bladder and sexual function.

Autonomic dysfunction may occur with diseases of the peripheral nervous system (such as diabetes, amyloidosis, autoimmune and other peripheral neuropathies) and diseases of the central nervous system (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy or the Shy-Drager syndrome, and Lewy body disease).

Autonomic dysfunction may also occur without an obvious underlying disease.  For example:

  • Vasovagal syncope
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Pure autonomic failure

We provide evaluation, testing, and treatment for patients with these disorders as well as opportunities to participate in our active research program.

Contact Information

Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Neurology Department
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Palmer 111 (located in Farr Complex)
185 Pilgrim Road
Boston, MA 02215