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Vagal Nerve Syndrome
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
Due to a benign 2x4cm growth on the right vagal nerve, the nerve had to be cut. What does this now mean for the patient?
VNS: is a wonderful device used to treat refractory seizures and depression. About the size of half an Oreo Cookie it is placed under the skin by a skilled surgeon. A thin wire sends a tiny current intermittently to the brain by way of the left Vagus Nerve in the neck. My patients who are lucky enough to have one report overwhelmingly a vast improvement in their lives. They are made in Houston Tx ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complicated answer: I would need more info as the diagnosis falls into 2 categories- one when the nerve is overactive (vasovagal syncope) or underactive ( bowel stasis- gastroparesis). In my experience the overactive form is more common in the younger patient and the underactive form is more common in older individuals and particularly those with diabetes. Please meet with your doctor to discuss. Well wishes. ...Read more
VNS surgery: is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about an hour. Two incisions are made, one just under the collar bone on the left for the device (it is placed under the skin on top of the muscle). A second incision is made in the neck to attach the lead to the vagus nerve in the carotid sheath. The device is tested before plastic surgery is done to close. Home in 2-3 hrs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What symptoms are associated with vagal nerve damage? And what treatments can be used to help or correct damage?
Multiple: Vocal changes, loss of reflex or gag reflex, difficulty while swallowing, deafness, cardiovascular problems. ...Read more
Unusual: Gastroparesis is more typically seen when there is a autonomic neuropathy condition as can be seen in diabetes. Connective tissue disorders on occasion can also cause gastroparesis but those disorders are usually really to scleroderma conditions. In lupus you may see a complication called vasculitis in which there is inflammation of the blood vessels supplying a nerve. It would be unusual to see this affecting this nerve ...Read more
How would vagal nerve damage be treated and diagnosed. I believe I have issues and thus far prednisone is the only thing that helps.
Look for new answer: The vagus nerve carries sensory information from the abdominal organs including the intestines and some motor ( muscle)) function. If you are having problems relieved by Prednisone it is more likely you have an inflammatory process invving the abdomen and/ or intestine. It would be unusual to have a Prednisone responsive problem affecting only the vagus n. And not the brain or other cranial nerv. ...Read more
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