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Papers: 18 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021

Human Studies


Front Neurosci


Validation and Reliability of a Novel Vagus Nerve Neurodynamic Test and Its Effects on Heart Rate in Healthy Subjects: Little Differences Between Sexes.


Carta G, Seregni A, Casamassima A, Galli M, Geuna S, Pagliaro P, Zago M
Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:698470.
PMID: 34552462.


The vagus nerve (VN), also called the pneumogastric nerve, connects the brainstem to organs contained in the chest and abdomen. Physiologically, VN stimulation can rapidly affect cardiac activity and heart rate (HR). VN neuropathy can increase the risk of arrhythmias and sudden death. Therefore, a selective test of VN function may be very useful. Since peripheral neurodynamic tests (NDT) are reliable for the assessment of neuropathies in somatic nerves, we aimed to validate a novel NDT to assess VN activity, namely, the VN-NTD.