Effect of PUVA therapy on electrodermal activity parameters in vitiligo patients

Dolu N., Ferahbaş A., Özesmi Ç., Peker D., Açik C.

Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, vol.118, no.1-2, pp.102-107, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 118 Issue: 1-2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.autneu.2004.12.005
  • Journal Name: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.102-107
  • Keywords: Electrodermal activity, Psoralen plus ultraviolet, Vitiligo
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Recent electrophysiological studies on autonomic dysfunction in vitiligo patients show an autonomic dysfunction as measured by absent sympathetic skin response (SSR). Nothing is known about the reversibility of these autonomic parameters with treatment. The present study examined how Electrodermal Activity (EDA) parameters were affected from vitiligo illness before PUVA therapy and whether any electrophysiological gains acquired from PUVA therapy would influence the progression of the condition itself. We studied in 14 healthy subjectS and 14 patients with generalized vitiligo before and after treatment. EDA was recorded with a skin conductance unit connected to a personal computer. Before treatment, skin conductance level (SCL) and habituation number (HN) was higher in vitiligo group than control groups. After treatment, SCL and HN were decreased nearly to normal value. Before and after treatment, prevalence of non-responsivity was higher in vitiligo group than controls. Conclusion: The sympathetic nervous system might have a particular role in the pathogenesis of vitiligo. Thus, patients with vitiligo may have changes to EDA parameters that are reversible to great extent with PUVA therapy. EDA is a useful method of studying the autonomic dysfunction in humans. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.