Case ReportHypothermia Associated with Autonomic Dysreflexia After Traumatic Spinal Cord InjuryColachis, Sam C. III, MDAuthor Information From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SCI Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio. All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Sam C. Colachis III, MD, The Ohio State University, Dodd Hall/Davis Center, 480 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: March 2002 - Volume 81 - Issue 3 - p 232-235 Buy Abstract Colachis SC III: Hypothermia associated with autonomic dysreflexia after traumatic spinal cord injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002;81:232–235. Individuals with traumatic upper thoracic and cervical spinal cord injuries are at increased risk for the development of both thermoregulatory dysfunction and autonomic dysreflexia. It is unclear, however, what effect reflex autonomic sympathetic outflow has on thermoregulatory dysfunction during episodes of autonomic dysreflexia. The following case of an individual with C5 tetraplegia and both thermoregulatory dysfunction and autonomic dysreflexia illustrates the profound effects that the autonomic nervous system may have on body temperature in individuals at risk for this complication. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.