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Autonomic Nervous System

Wojciech Kozubski

Poznań University of Medical Sciences

Prof. Wojciech Kozubski, MD, Ph.D. was awarded a scholarship from the Academic Unit of Neuroscience, University of London, Department of Neurology, University of Tel-Aviv, and the Department of Neurology, University of Trondheim. He is an author and co-author of over 300 papers concerning migraine and related headaches, stroke, and dementia. From 2011 to 2014, he was the President of the Polish Neurological Society.

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Sympathetic Nervous System Parasympathetic Nervous System Autonomic Functions Well-Being Cluster Headache Paroxysmal Hemicrania Heart Rate Blood Pressure Orthostatic Hypotension Urinary Incontinence Autonomic Interplay Erectile Function

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The autonomic nervous system - with the previous name (the) vegetative nervous system - constitutes a part of the peripheral nervous system that connects the central regulatory structures like the hypothalamus and limbic connectivity with most of the visceral organs of the thorax and abdomen, smooth muscles, vessels, and glands, influencing the function of almost all internal organs. Most important functions that the autonomic nervous system controls are: heart rate, respiration, vasomotor activity, most reflex actions such as coughing, sneezing, swallowing and vomiting, pupillary activity, also urination, and sexual arousal, as well.

Traditionally, we divide the whole system into three branches: the sympathetic nervous system, the parasympathetic one, and – not distinguished by all authors - the enteric nervous system. Simplifying the problem, it was assumed that the sympathetic part would play an excitatory role, while the parasympathetic one - the inhibitory function. In today’s views, we characterize the sympathetic nervous system as a "quick response mobilizing system" and the parasympathetic one - as a "slowly activated dampening system". Both parts play a complementary role with the best example in the control of sexual activities.

The dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system - dysautonomia - can be seen in many neurological and internal medicine diseases, like Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy, and dementia with Lewy bodies, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy, and autonomic neuropathy, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, to restrict to the most important. The separate, distinctive and important problem is familial dysautonomia (Riley–Day syndrome) – progressive, genetically driven disorder of the autonomic system that involves primarily the victims of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, with life-threatening symptoms and signs.

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Wojciech Kozubski

Poznań University of Medical Sciences

Prof. Wojciech Kozubski, MD, PhD is the Head of the Department of Neurology, University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. He graduated from Medical School in Lodz in 1980. In 1983 he received his PhD and in 2002, his professorship. From 1987 to 1991, he was awarded a scholarship from the Academic Unit of Neuroscience, University of London, Department of Neurology, University of Tel-Aviv and the Department of Neurology, University of Trondheim. He is an author and co-author of over 300 papers concerning the migraine and related headaches, stroke, and dementia. He is the editor of the handbook of clinical neurology for neurologists, the handbook for medical students, monographs on brain tumours, affective diseases of nervous system and therapy in neurology. From 2011 to 2014, he was the President of the Polish Neurological Society.

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