Autonomic nervous system disorders
Autonomic nervous system (ANS) disorders are common and may cause severe disease burdon on patients. The ANS controls all inner organs and the skin. Malfunction of this important part of the nervous system might often cause transient loss of consciousness, heart rate and blood pressure instability, sweat gland dysfunction, gastrointestinal symptoms, sexual dysfunction, and many others. It is of utmost importance to diagnose autonomic disorders to be able to offer specific treatment recommendations.
An important objective of the Scientific Panel on Autonomic nervous system disorders is to interconnect European research and advocate autonomic issues within the EAN. A panel meeting is held at every EAN congress, coordinating international research initiatives and panel actions within the next year. In addition the Scientific Panel on ANS disorders closely cooperates with the European Federation of Autonomic Societies (www.efasweb.com).
The panel supports quality of service within European countries by providing management and treatment guidelines. We established guidelines on orthostatic intolerance and are currently developing guidelines on transient loss of consciousness and orthostatic intolerance.
With these means we hope to promote the field of ANS disorders.