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WHAT NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER CAUSES EXCESSIVE SWEATING?

Generalized hyperhidrosis may also occur due to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system, or neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or spinal cord injury.

What Is Generalized Hyperhidrosis? Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating; that is, the production of more sweat than is required to regulate body temperature. It is caused by non-thermoregulatory stimuli, meaning stimuli other than heat. Normally the body only sweats when it becomes hot.

    Generalized hyperhidrosis refers to hyperhidrosis affecting the entire body. It is also known as secondary hyperhidrosis as it typically arises secondary to other medical conditions, predominately endocrinological (hormone-related) and infectious disorders. Generalized hyperhidrosis may also occur due to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system, or neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s or spinal cord injury.

    While hyperhidrosis which manifests secondary to (because of) another medical disorder typically affects the entire body, it may also occur at distinct anatomical sites. Generalized hyperhidrosis affecting distinct sites rarely arises secondary to disease and is usually a result of:

Abnormal regeneration of nerves following injury.

Abnormalities in the number or distribution of sweat glands; or

A defect in the blood vessels.

From: Sydney North Neurology and Neurophysiology

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