Human Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Reduces Sympathetic Outflow and Long-Term Blood Pressure.
Sverrisdottir YB., Martin SC., Hadjipavlou G., Kent AR., Paterson DJ., FitzGerald JJ., Green AL.
This study hypothesized that dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation would reduce sympathetic nerve activity and would alter hemodynamic variables. This study directly recorded muscle sympathetic nerve activity during ON and OFF stimulation of the DRG while measuring hemodynamic parameters. DRG stimulation significantly reduced the firing frequency of sympathetic nerves, as well as significantly reducing blood pressure, with greater reductions evident when stimulation was left-sided. Left-sided DRG stimulation lowers sympathetic nerve activity, leading to long-term phenotypic changes. This raises the potential of DRG stimulation being used to treat de novo autonomic disorders such as hypertension or heart failure.