The Department of Neurological Sciences has opened a clinic that offers specialized testing and clinical expertise for patients with disorders of the autonomic nervous system. The clinic is one of the first of its kind in Chicago.
Physicians at the clinic conduct patient evaluations that include a complete review of personal and family history, a comprehensive neurological examination and general clinical examination. These evaluations include specialized, noninvasive autonomic testing in a state-of-the-art laboratory.
In many patients, this testing can help pinpoint the causes of symptoms and conditions including fatigue, dizziness, syncope, tachycardia, gastrointestinal distress, anhidrosis or hyperhidrosis, sexual dysfunction, and bladder or bowel dysfunction — all common signs of autonomic disorders.
Testing can also help determine the type and severity of autonomic dysfunction and track its progression.
"It's important to be proactive about managing autonomic disorders because they can have a big impact on people's daily lives," says clinic director Alexandru Barboi, MD. "The clinic is a gateway to a multidisciplinary approach meant to bring meaningful improvement to the daily function of patients with autonomic disorders."
For more information about the autonomic clinic or to refer a patent, call (312) 942-5936.
Rush Physician July/August 2013