Cardiovascular autonomic functions in leprosy

K. V. Sahasranam, Inder Anand, B. Kumar, S. Kaur, P. L. Wahi

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Cardiovascular autonomic functions were studied in 10 patients with bacilli positive lepromatous leprosy and 8 healthy adult controls. Recording of intra-arterial blood pressure was done by brachial artery cannulation. The effect of mental arithmetic, sudden loud noise, posture, cold pressor test and apneic face immersion in cold water, on the blood pressure and heart rate were noted. Valsalva manoeuvre was performed and the Valsalva ratio calculated. The baroreceptor sensitivity and the intrinsic heart rates were also determined. The results of these investigations showed no significant differences in the two groups. It is concluded that cardiac autonomic functions are not significantly affected in lepromatous leprosy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-336
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982


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