NSS-2 BRIDGE Product Research

The NSS-2 BRIDGE is a percutaneous nerve field stimulator (PNFS) system, that can be used as an aid to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, through application to branches of Cranial Nerves V, VII, IX and X, and the occipital nerves identified by transillumination.


NSS-2 BRIDGE Product Research Completed or in Progress

Neuromodulation with percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulation is associated with reduction in signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal: a multisite, retrospective assessment

Adrian Miranda MD & Arturo Taca MD

Abstract: Background: Finding an effective, non-pharmacological approach to treat opioid withdrawal could remove some of the barriers associated with pharmacotherapy. The BRIDGE® is a noninvasive, percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulator developed to target pain. Objectives: This pilot study aimed to determine (1) the effects of the BRIDGE on withdrawal scores during the induction phase of opioid withdrawal therapy, (2) the percentage of subjects who successfully transitioned to medication assisted therapy (MAT). Methods: Adult patients treated with the BRIDGE during medically supervised withdrawal were included in this open label, uncontrolled, and retrospective study. The clinical opioid withdrawal scale (COWS) scores were prospectively recorded at different intervals (20, 30, and 60 min) and analyzed retrospectively. A subset of patients had scores recorded 5-days post-BRIDGE. Those who returned to the clinic and received their first dose of maintenance medication were considered to be successfully transitioned. Results: In this cohort (n=73), 65% were male. The mean COWS score prior to BRIDGE placement was 20.1 (±6.1). Twenty minutes after BRIDGE placement, the mean score was reduced to 7.5 (±5.9) (62.7% reduction, p<0.001). The scores further decreased after 30 minutes 4.0 (±4.4) and 60 minutes 3.1 (±3.4) (84.6% reduction, p<0.001). No rescue medications were administered during this period. The mean withdrawal score on day 5 was 0.6 (97.1% reduction, p<0.001) (n=33). Overall, 64/73 patients (88.8%) successfully transitioned to MAT. Conclusions: Neurostimulation with the BRIDGE is associated with a reduction in opioid withdrawal scores. This effect persisted during the induction period and allowed for effective transition to MAT.

Percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulation modulates central pain pathways and attenuates post-inflammatory visceral and somatic hyperalgesia in rats.

Reji Babygirija, Manu Sood, Pradeep Kannampa, Jyoti N. Sengupta and Adrian Miranda

Abstract:  A non-invasive, auricular percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulation (PENFS) has been suggested to modulate central pain pathways. We investigated the effects of BRIDGE® device on the responses of amygdala and lumbar spinal neurons and the development of post-colitis hyperalgesia. Male Sprague-Dawley rats received intracolonic trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) and PENFS on the same day. Control rats had sham devices. The visceromotor response (VMR) to colon distension and paw withdrawal threshold (PWT) was recorded after 7days. A different group of rats had VMR and PWT at baseline, after TNBS and following PENFS. Extracellular recordings were made from neurons in central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) or lumbar spinal cord. Baseline firing and responses to compression of the paw were recorded before and after PENFS. Sham-treated rats exhibited a much higher VMR (>30mmHg) and lower PWT compared to PENFS-treated rats (p<0.05). PENFS decreased the VMR to colon distension and increased the PWT compared to pre-stimulation (p<0.05). PENFS resulted in a 57% decrease in spontaneous firing of the CeA neurons (0.59±0.16 vs control: 1.71±0.32imp/s). Similarly, the response to somatic stimulation was decreased by 56% (3.6±0.52 vs control: 1.71±0.32 imps/s, p<0.05). Spinal neurons showed a 47% decrease in mean spontaneous firing (4.05±0.65 vs control: 7.7±0.87imp/s) and response to somatic stimulation (7.62±1.7 vs control: 14.8±2.28imp/s, p<0.05). PENFS attenuated baseline firing of CeA and spinal neurons which may account for the modulation of pain responses in this model of post-inflammatory visceral and somatic hyperalgesia.

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