Clinical Autonomic Research

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 303–306

Temporary elimination of orthostatic hypotension by norepinephrine infusion

Authors

    • Clinical Neurocardiology SectionNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • LaToya Sewell
    • Clinical Neurocardiology SectionNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • Courtney Holmes
    • Clinical Neurocardiology SectionNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • Sandra Pechnik
    • Clinical Neurocardiology SectionNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • André Diedrich
    • Department of Biomedical EngineeringVanderbilt University
  • David Robertson
    • Autonomic Dysfunction CenterVanderbilt University School of Medicine
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10286-012-0176-4

Cite this article as:
Goldstein, D.S., Sewell, L., Holmes, C. et al. Clin Auton Res (2012) 22: 303. doi:10.1007/s10286-012-0176-4

Abstract

A cardinal manifestation of chronic autonomic failure is neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (OH), which often is associated with supine hypertension, posing a therapeutic dilemma. We report here success in a first step toward development of a “prosthetic baroreceptor system” to maintain blood pressure during orthostasis without worsening supine hypertension. In all of four patients with neurogenic OH, titrated i.v. NE infusion kept directly recorded intra-arterial pressure at or above baseline during progressive head-up tilt. We conclude that titrated i.v. NE infusion temporarily eliminates OH.

Keywords

NorepinephrineOrthostatic hypotensionSympathetic nervous systemBaroreflex

Abbreviations

NE

Norepinephrine

OH

Orthostatic hypotension

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© Springer-Verlag (outside the USA)  2012