Fatal cerebral hemorrhage due to autonomic dysreflexia in a tetraplegic patient: case report and review

Paraplegia. 1992 May;30(5):355-60. doi: 10.1038/sc.1992.82.


Autonomic dysreflexia is the most important specific complication of high level spinal cord injury both in tetraplegic and in paraplegic patients above the midthoracic neural segment. It is a life threatening emergency that may lead to apoplexy. We present a case of fatal cerebral hemorrhage due to autonomic dysreflexia in order to demonstrate the gravity of this particular syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autonomic Nervous System Diseases / complications*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quadriplegia / complications*
  • Quadriplegia / physiopathology
  • Reflex, Abnormal*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed