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what is the definition or description of: vagal nerve stimulation?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology 26 years experience
Electrical pulses : Vagus nerve stimulation prevents seizures by sending small pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker commonly implanted under skin in the chest.
Dr. Salman Saeed
Neurology 33 years experience
VNS: Vagus nerve stimulator is usually recommended for people who do not have adequate control of seizures with medication only. A small device is inserted around armpit and a wire is attached to vagus nerve in the neck area. This has shown to decrease the number of seizure.

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What is it like to wear a vagus nerve stimulator?

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