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|Eligible Ages||18 Years and Over|
- - 18 years or older.
- - Plaque psoriasis diagnosed by a dermatologist.
- - pregnancy.
- - vestibulocochlear neuronitis or nerve damage.
- - cardiac arrhythmia.
- - epilepsy.
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|Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine|
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|Principal Investigator Affiliation||N/A|
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An estimated 20% of psoriasis patients experience treatment failure. Afferent vagal nerve fibers that are part of the anti-inflammatory reflex sense inflammation, such as psoriatic skin lesions. The investigators' pilot data show that transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) activates afferent nerve fibers within the auricular branch of the vagus nerve to trigger anti-inflammatory reflex responses in healthy individuals. However, it is unknown if taVNS improves plaque psoriasis through the anti-inflammatory reflex. The lack of studies on taVNS in plaque psoriasis constitutes a missed opportunity to reduce treatment failures. The long-term goal of this research is to establish a neuromodulatory approach to activate the anti-inflammatory reflex in patients with plaque psoriasis to lessen treatment failures. The objective of this study is to test the hypothesis that taVNS elicits anti-inflammatory reflex responses and reduces the severity of plaque psoriasis. In a single-blinded randomized controlled clinical trial, participants will self-administer taVNS or sham-taVNS (control) daily for a duration of 3 months, while continuing their standard-of-care treatment. At baseline, 7 days, and 1, 2, and 3 months, clinical , autonomic, and inflammatory responses will be assessed. At the conclusion of this study, the investigators expect to demonstrate anti-inflammatory reflex responses to taVNS and reduced severity of plaque psoriasis. These outcomes are expected to have important positive impact, because they are anticipated to reduce treatment failures in patients with plaque psoriasis.
Experimental: Active taVNS
These patients will self-administer transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS).
Sham Comparator: Sham taVNS
These patients will self-administer a sham procedure mimicking the active taVNS procedure.
Device: - Active taVNS
A bipolar clip electrode is placed at the cymba conchae of the ear. Through this bipolar clip electrode, afferent nerve fibers within the auricular branch of the vagus nerve will be stimulated. Subjects self-administer the stimulation on a daily basis for 3 months.
Device: - Sham taVNS
A bipolar clip electrode is placed at the cymba conchae of the ear. However, active stimulation of the afferent nerve fibers within the auricular branch of the vagus nerve will not occur, because the electrode wire is electrically interrupted. Subjects self-administer the sham taVNS on a daily basis for 3 months.
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