in the news: POTS and autoimmunity…

More on exaggerated fight or flight response in POTS patients!

Musings of a Dysautonomiac

There has been a lot of interesting news about POTS recently. I want to share one study in particular with you that I think you will find interesting.

Since it was first categorized, specialists have speculated about the origins of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).  Early studies such as this one suggested that, due to the presence of ganglionic acetylcholine receptor antibodies in some POTS patients, POTS may be autoimmune in origin.  Additionally, in some patients POTS is triggered by an autoimmune condition such as Sjogren’s, lupus, or diabetes.

More recently, researchers have tested the hypothesis that POTS may have an autoimmune basis by testing POTS patients for adrenergic receptor autoantibodies.  The study and its results were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and are very technical and nature. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on t.v., so I admit to struggling with some…

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