A recent study published in 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘕𝘦𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 𝘖𝘱𝘦𝘯 sought to understand autonomic dysfunction in kids after concussion.
In recent years, more clinicians have become aware of autonomic dysfunction in patients after concussion, with many showing positive diagnostic findings resembling orthostatic hypotension and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
While some of the symptoms of concussion and POTS overlap, there are likely important differences that make treatment for each unique.
Post concussion autonomic dysfunction tends to be very responsive to neurologic rehabilitation techniques, and can often be self-resolving as the brain heals.
More traditional POTS tends to have elements of autoimmune and/or neurometabolic causes that may make treatment more complicated and less likely to self-resolve.
Knowing the background behind these cases can dictate effective treatments for these challenging conditions.