Increased vagal modulation in atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis has been shown to be associated with neurogenic and psychosocial factors

Michael Karl Boettger

2008

Scholarcy highlights

  • Atopic dermatitis has been shown to be associated with neurogenic and psychosocial factors
  • The psychiatric symptoms known for atopic dermatitis are often associated with decreased vagal modulation
  • In order to address these intriguing discrepancies, we aimed to assess the autonomic state in patients suffering from atopic dermatitis
  • Patients showed higher values for parasympathetic modulation than controls. This was mainly reflected by an increase in the root mean square of successive differences
  • Cardiac autonomic modulation was hardly altered upon postural change, indicating that autonomic reactivity is only mildly influenced in these patients
  • Patients with atopic dermatitis showed an autonomic dysbalance which is comparable to other diseases related to atopy or allergy
  • Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology

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