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Dr. Paul Grin answered:

What is an rrt medical test for vagus nerve damage?

Test CN IX and X

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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.
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Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

UNUSUAL

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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.
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Can lap band surgery cause vagus nerve damage?

Potentially

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Any surgery to the stomach can potentially injure the vagus nerve, as it enervates the stomach.
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Dr. Reza J. Karimi answered:

What can cause vagus nerve damage and the gastroparesis?

DM

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Gastroparesis is often associated with diabetic nerve damage, but may be caused by other diseases.
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Dr. Rick Koch answered:

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

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

Could not reference

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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.
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Dr. Barry Rosen answered:

What type of doctor can determine if I have had vagus nerve damage from lap band surgery?

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Unfortunately, there is no 100% diagnostic test to confirm vagal nerve injury. Gastric emptying studies are often ordered but are notoriously unreliable. The best test is measurement of PANCREATIC POLYPEPTIDE (PP) after insulin administration. Normal secretion of PP is mediated by the vagus nerve in response to low blood sugar. If the vagus is injured, the PP level remains low after insulin.
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Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Massage no/ neck yes

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masage therapists are trained to avoid damage. With a neckinjury aproper evaluation is required
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Dr. Tom K. Pousti answered:

Can a tummy tuck damage the Vagus nerve? And is vagus nerve damage repairable? Temporary? Permanent? How is it diagnosed?

No

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The biggest nerve is not potentially injured during tummy tuck surgery.
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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?

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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.
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