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Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is a connective tissue disorder characterized by hyperextensible skin, joint hypermobility and additional connective tissue manifestations. For unclear reasons, hEDS is associated with many gastrointestinal (GI) and autonomic nervous system (ANS) complaints such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). This study will address the clinical relationship between hEDS/Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders and autonomic regulation and see if there is a benefit of two forms of non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation therapies to reduce GI symptoms in hEDS and POTS. The study will also investigate plausible effects of these nerve stimulation therapies on gastric function and autonomic signaling.


Clinical Trial Description

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) is a connective tissue disorder characterized by hyperextensible skin, joint hypermobility and additional connective tissue manifestations. For unclear reasons, hEDS and Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders are associated with many gastrointestinal (GI) and autonomic nervous system (ANS) complaints such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Symptoms are often disabling and associated with poor quality of life and high health care costs. The proposed research will address the following understudied areas: 1) the clinical relationship between hEDS and autonomic regulation, 2) the potential benefit of two forms of non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) therapies in reducing functional GI symptoms in hEDS and POTS, and 3) plausible effects of these VNS therapies on gastric motor function and neurohormonal signaling. Clinical reports document a high co-morbidity between autonomic disorders and hEDS. This prospective study will focus on three major clinical questions: 1) Are there reliable neurophysiological markers associated with hEDS that can provide insights into the 'neural mechanisms' resulting in multisystem co-morbidities? 2) Will innovative intervention techniques designed to enhance autonomic regulation via two non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation techniques (e.g., auricular and acoustic VNS) provide substantial symptom reduction and improve the hEDS patients' quality of life? 3) Can a novel gastric MRI technique capture gastric motor function abnormalities in adolescents with hEDS? ;


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NCT number NCT05212129
Study type Interventional
Source Medical College of Wisconsin
Contact Katja Kovacic, MD
Phone (414) 266-3690
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date April 5, 2021
Completion date June 30, 2023

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