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 the development of dysautonomia, chronic fatigue, complex regional pain syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome. Objectives: To critically evaluate a potential connection between HPV vaccination and the 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, and postural tachycardia syndrome to other forms of dysautonomia. Conclusion: Certain conditions are prevalent in the same populations that are vaccinated with the HPV vaccine (peri-pubertal males and females). This association, however, is an insufficient proof of causality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Autonomic Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019



  • Autonomic dysfunction
  • Consensus statement
  • HPV
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology

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