Autonomic nervous system evaluation of patients with vasomotor rhinitis

Safwan S. Jaradeh, Timothy L. Smith, Laura Torrico, Thomas E. Prieto, Todd A. Loehrl, Ronald J. Darling, Robert J. Toohill

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Objective: To demonstrate the utility of quantitative neurological laboratory testing of autonomic nervous system dysfunction and to apply this methodology to further study the relation of chronic vasomotor (nonallergic) rhinitis to the autonomic nervous system. Methods: It has been suspected that vasomotor rhinitis is due either to a hyperactive parasympathetic nervous system or an imbalance between it and the sympathetic nervous system. The exact relation has not been determined. Recently neurological laboratories have been developed in which a battery of tests can be performed to determine reactivity of the autonomic nerves system. Results: Autonomic nervous system testing was performed on 19 patients with symptoms fulfilling the diagnostic criteria for vasomotor rhinitis and the results were compared with 75 sex- and age-matched control subjects. Patients with vasomotor rhinitis had significant abnormalities of their sudomotor, cardiovagal, and adrenergic patient. Their composite autonomic scale score was significantly impaired at 2.43, as compared with 0.11 for controls (P < .005). Conclusion: Autonomic nervous system dysfunction is significant in patients with vasomotor rhinitis. Possible factors that trigger this dysfunction including nasal trauma and extraesophageal manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1828-1831
Number of pages4
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Adrenergic
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Cholinergic
  • Composite autonomic scale score
  • Vasomotor rhinitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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