Treating Schizophrenic with Comorbid Alopecia Universalis (AU) with add-on High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS

Research Paper Title

Successful application of add-on high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation in a schizophrenic patient with comorbid alopecia universalis.

Background

High-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS), an advanced version of tDCS, is found to show alleviation of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) as an add-on treatment modality in schizophrenia.

There is a scarcity of data evaluating the utility and tolerability of the same.

Local skin-related side effects are the most common adversities reported with HD-tDCS.

Density of hair follicles is hypothesised to be influencing the sensory adversities related to electrical stimulation and insulation, and loss of hair as seen with alopecia might pose a technical challenge.

In this case report, the researchers describe the utility and tolerability of HD-tDCS in a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia with persistent AVH with comorbid alopecia universalis (AU).

Reference

Parlikar, R., Selvaraj, S., Shiva, L., Sreeraj, V.S., Venkatasubramanian, G. & Chandra, P.S. (2019) Successful application of add-on high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation in a schizophrenic patient with comorbid alopecia universalis.

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