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Faints, sweats, and leaks: Neurology workshop to address autonomic disorders

August 27, 2013 College News - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will host a one-day workshop on autonomic disorders on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Sheraton Brookfield in Brookfield, Wis. The conference is expected to attract primary care practitioners, neurologists, and allied health care professionals.

The autonomic part of the nervous system is that which controls involuntary actions such as the beating of your heart and the widening or shrinking of blood vessels.  Patients with an autonomic disorder can see a dozen doctors over several years before receiving a diagnosis.

The workshop, which will include a rotating practicum with patients with autonomic disorders, includes keynotes from lead neurologists at MCW, as well as visiting specialists.

“The title of the workshop is ‘Faints, sweats and leaks’ because all those symptoms can occur in these patients— blood pressure, sweat glands and bladder function can all be impacted by these disorders, and it can be frightening to patients who have no idea what’s wrong with them, and often leaves their care team puzzled,” said Thomas Chelimsky, MD, Chairman and Professor of Neurology. “This workshop aims to arm those care teams with the newest information about autonomic disorders and how to identify and treat them.”

More information is available on the autonomic disorders workshop Web page.

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