Measurement of Vagus Nerve Response to tVNS

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Measurement of Vagus Nerve Response to Transcutaneous Electrical Ear Canal Stimulation in Anesthetized Rat.

Abstract
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) administered to individuals following events such as severe trauma can be a potential therapy to attenuate gut injury and its sequelae. To determine the effective dose of transcutaneous electrical VNS (TE-VNS) and explore an effective method for performing TE-VNS, a measurement system was developed for the detection of vagus nerve response to TE-VNS. In addition, a noise-suppressed transcutaneous electrical stimulator (TES) was constructed for the same purpose. Using these tools, waveforms considered as nerve action potentials were successfully recorded. The recorded waveforms were similar to those evoked by direct electrical stimulation as reported in a latest publication. Our recorded waveforms also varied according to the pulse width of electrical stimulation, indicating the future possibility of determining the potential TES dose.Clinical Relevance- This is a basic research for application to acute therapy of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) by transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve.

PMID: 33019160 [PubMed – in process]

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2020 Jul;2020:5216-5219

Authors: Imazawa W, Nakamura H, Yagi M, Morishita K, Otomo Y, Ueno A

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