Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and autonomic disorders: a position statement from the American Autonomic Society

on behalf of the American Autonomic Society

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Introduction: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been anecdotally connected to development of dysautonomia, chronic fatigue, complex regional pain syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome. Objectives: To critically evaluate a potential connection between HPV vaccination and above noted conditions. Methods: We reviewed the literature containing the biology of the virus, pathophysiology of infection, epidemiology of associated cancers, indications of HPV vaccination, safety surveillance data and published reports linking HPV vaccination to autonomic disorders. Results: At this time the American Autonomic Society finds that there are no data to support a causal relationship between HPV vaccination and CRPS, chronic fatigue, POTS or other forms of dysautonomia. Conclusions: Certain conditions are prevalent in the same patient populations that are vaccinated with the HPV vaccine (peri-pubertal males and females). This association, however, is insufficient proof of causality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102550
JournalAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
StatePublished - Jan 2020


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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