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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Cortical Plasticity in Patients With Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 31, 2013
Last Update Posted : March 17, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Agnes Flöel, Charite University, Berlin, Germany

Brief Summary:

Patients suffering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis show impaired NMDA-receptor dependent neuronal transmission. Furthermore, they often have cognitive deficits of different magnitude. Impaired neuronal signaling of NMDA-receptors very likely result in decreased cortical synaptic plasticity. Thus, this represents one major reason of cognitive deficits. Synaptic plasticity can be assessed in humans via the non-invasive technique of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

The current study aims to investigate whether learning ability and also cortical plasticity can be changed by applying sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Therefore, we are recruiting 10 to 15 patients suffering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis as well as healthy controls in order to compare tDCS effects. Learning ability is assessed by motor sequence tasks, whereas cortical plasticity is measured via TMS.

tDCS is a novel non-invasive technique allowing induction of changes in cerebral excitability level and also cortical plasticity. Previous studies showed positive outcome of anodal stimulation on learning tasks. Especially motor learning seems to be an important target for tDCS treatment since it showed best results for both post-stroke patients and healthy subjects. Multiple sessions of tDCS are inducing long-term effects and improved learning function, which were present three months after stimulation.

In this study we hope to reveals new insights into the pathomechanisms of impaired cognitive and learning abilities in patients having anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Moreover, we evaluate whether tDCS is an effective treatment for patients with cognitive and learning deficits.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Device: tDCS Device: Sham Stimulation Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : April 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Encephalitis

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: tDCS
Transcranial direct current stimulation
Device: tDCS
Transcranial direct current stimulation involves the application of weak electric currents to the brain.

Sham Comparator: sham stimulation
sham stimulation
Device: Sham Stimulation
no electrical stimulation

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. neurophysiological measurements using TMS [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
    TMS protocoll (a paired associative stimulation) is applied after tDCS or sham stimulation

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. performance in a motor task [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
    performance in a motor task is compared after a tDCS or sham stimulation

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients suffering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis
  • healthy (control) subjects

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any metal inside the body/head, e.g. clips, pace maker, medical pumps, cochlear implant etc.
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral tumor
  • Pregnancy
  • untreated severe internal or psychiatric diseases

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01865578

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Charite University Medicine
Berlin, Germany, 10098
Sponsors and Collaborators
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
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Principal Investigator: Agnes Floeel, Prof. MD Charite University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Agnes Flöel, Prof. Dr. med Agnes Floeel, Charite University, Berlin, Germany Identifier: NCT01865578    
Other Study ID Numbers: EA1/037/12
First Posted: May 31, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2016
Last Verified: March 2016
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Paraneoplastic Syndromes, Nervous System
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Paraneoplastic Syndromes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases