ERIGO: a possible strategy to treat orthostatic hypotension in progressive supranuclear palsy? A feasibility study
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Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system, presenting with different clinical phenotypes, all involving the extrapyramidal system. Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a common symptom of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction. OH is defined as a fall in systolic blood pressure of at least 20 mmHg and/or a fall in diastolic blood pressure of at least 10 mmHg on standing or head-up tilt. In this pilot study, we tested the feasibility and efficacy of the ERIGO® device in managing OH non-responsive to conventional treatments in a sample of patients with PSP. OH was chosen as the primary outcome, as the symptom is a serious complication in neurodegenerative disorders, challenging the rehabilitation treatment. Six patients received intensive training using ERIGO®, a robot- assisted tilt table with an integrated leg movement system that allows progressive verticalization of the patient, and application of functional electrical stimulation. In all the participants, OH improved after the training with the device, suggesting that robotic verticalization may be a feasible and effective tool in improving blood pressure stability in patients with PSP. Further studies in larger samples, also including patients with other neurodegenerative disorders associated with OH, are needed to confirm these promising results.
KEY WORDS: ERIGO, parkinsonisms, progressive supranuclear palsy, robotic neurorehabilitation, verticalization.