Post-Concussion POTS

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. ⁣

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