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What is an rrt medical test for vagus nerve damage?

What is an rrt medical test for vagus nerve damage?

Test CN IX and X: Neurologic exam for cranial nerves ix and x is performed simultaneously. We are looking for the soft palate elevation and gag reflex. Introduce tongue depressor in the back of the throat touching lightly the roof of the mouth. Abnormality - asymmetrical exam of localization - brain stem mri to rule out pathology. ...Read more

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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

UNUSUAL: Lesions in the lower brainstem, medulla oblongata are rather rare, but if they do occur, one might encounter problems with speech, such as a dysphonia, or a strained speech pattern. If there is widespread inflammation, also involving glossopharyngeal nerve, might see dysphagia, or swallowing problems. Likely the internal organs such as heart, lungs, GI tract would not be involved. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between hashimoto's and vagus nerve damage?

Is there a connection between hashimoto's and vagus nerve damage?

Could not reference: Vagal nerve damage is usually caused by diabetes, alcohol, smoking, viral infection, or surgical damage. I could find no mention of hashimoto's disease causing this, but perhaps one of my colleagues has, so i will await their further comments. ...Read more

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I suspect vagus nerve damage with gastroparesis and nerve pain ?

I suspect vagus nerve damage with gastroparesis and nerve pain ?

Why you suspect that: Why do you suspect that I will suggest you should get yourself checked by your doctor with your concern and get a proper diagnosis based on your History and Physical Exam and if indicated the appropriate test to make the diagnosis and if required the appropriate treatment ...Read more

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Can lap band surgery cause vagus nerve damage?

Potentially: Any surgery to the stomach can potentially injure the vagus nerve, as it enervates the stomach. ...Read more

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My sister had gall bladder removed &has now developed severe gastroparesis. If b/c vagus nerve damage caused, can anything be done to reverse?

My sister had gall bladder removed  &has now developed severe gastroparesis.  If  b/c vagus nerve damage caused, can anything be done to reverse?

Unrelated: Gallbladder surgery in no way would injure vagus nerves. There is no association with these two conditions. Gastroparesis is uncommon and can be related to diabetes. Some medications can help, see a gastroenterologist to be sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Does vagus nerve damage cause heart arythmia? Can you cure it.

Does vagus nerve damage cause heart arythmia? Can you cure it.

Vagus nerve: Helps lower heart rate so damage to it would lead potentially to higher heart rates and may exacerbate arrythmias. While generally not curable, arrythmias are treatable. ...Read more

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I had a fundoplication about 15 years ago and just recently developed symptoms of vagus nerve damage. Could the surgery be the reason this long after?

I had a fundoplication about 15 years ago and just recently developed symptoms of vagus nerve damage. Could the surgery be the reason this long after?

Doubt it: I doubt it, but i wonder what symptoms you are having that caused you or your doc to think that those are related to the vagus nerve. I am not sure i've heard there are symptoms that a vagus injury can be diagnosed on. ...Read more

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Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Vagus nerve / spine: Spinal stenosis should not affect the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is safely outside of the spinal canal. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal canal that becomes narrowed. ...Read more

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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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