Electrical Vagal Nerve Stimulation in Ulcerative Colitis

2019-04-16 12:37:30 | BioPortfolio


There are approximately 2.5-3 million patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) across Europe, with associated healthcare costs of €4.6-5.6 billion per annum (1). IBD is associated with a significant reduction in quality of life. Treatments directed towards modifying the inflammatory response, such as anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) agents, are expensive, can necessitate admission to hospital for their administration and can be associated with side effects (2 3). Thus, the development of a novel non-pharmacological anti-inflammatory intervention, such as electrical vagal nerve stimulation, is warranted.

This is a proof of concept study which aims to investigate whether transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation is effective at reducing stress induced inflammatory cytokine levels in patients with quiescent ulcerative colitis.

Study Design


Ulcerative Colitis


Transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation


Tamara Mogilevski
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United Kingdom
E1 2AJ




Queen Mary University of London

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-04-16T12:37:30-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

The use of specifically placed small electrodes to deliver electrical impulses across the SKIN to relieve PAIN. It is used less frequently to produce ANESTHESIA.

Inflammation of the COLON that is predominantly confined to the MUCOSA. Its major symptoms include DIARRHEA, rectal BLEEDING, the passage of MUCUS, and ABDOMINAL PAIN.

Chronic, non-specific inflammation of the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT. Etiology may be genetic or environmental. This term includes CROHN DISEASE and ULCERATIVE COLITIS.

An acute form of MEGACOLON, severe pathological dilatation of the COLON. It is associated with clinical conditions such as ULCERATIVE COLITIS; CROHN DISEASE; AMEBIC DYSENTERY; or CLOSTRIDIUM ENTEROCOLITIS.

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