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Too Hot, Too Cold, Too High, Too Low – Blame it on Dysautonomia!

  • Many children and adults with mitochondrial disease complain of erratic symptoms that “don’t make sense”, such as heat intolerance, erratic blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, intermittent gut dysfunction, and more.
  • These symptoms, while typically not life-threatening, are often the most troubling and affect a person’s everyday quality of life the most.
  • Dysautonomia describes an inability of the autonomic nervous system to regulate “typical” body functions, and is the cause of many of these troubling and confusing symptoms.

Learn more about dysautonomia with Dr. Richard Boles from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

  • What is dysautonomia, and how does it occur?
  • What symptoms do Mito patients experience that may be related to dysautonomia?
  • Are there treatment approaches that improve symptoms of dysautonomia?
  • How is dysautonomia related to bigger issues, such as gastric dysmotility and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)?
  • How can dysautonomia be serious, even lethal, in some cases?

About the Speaker

Dr. Richard Boles is a clinician and researcher dedicated to further discovery of treatments which will offer quality of life and decrease in symptoms for children and adults suffering from mitochondrial functional disorders such as autism, cyclic vomiting syndrome and depression.  The application of science and research in his patients is apparent in his role as Director of the Metabolic and Mitochondrial Disorders Clinic at CHLA, and director of a research laboratory in mitochondrial genomics, as well as his leadership within organizations such as CureMito.

Date: 05/06/2011
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