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Doctor insights on: Vagus Nerve Damage Repair

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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 a tummy tuck damage the vagus nerve? And is vagus nerve damage repairable? Temporary? Permanent? How is it diagnosed?

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

No: The vagus nerves travel along the esophagus and onto the stomach, deep within the chest and abdominal cavities. A tummy tuck involves the superficial skin and tissue under the skin, outside the abdominal cavity. No chance for injury to the vagus nerve during tummy tuck. ...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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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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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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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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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?

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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What would the Symptoms of vagus nerve damage be like due to MS? Also where would they be found on an MRI? Would the lesions be in the c spine?

What would the Symptoms of vagus nerve damage be like due to MS? Also where would they be found on an MRI? Would the lesions be in the c spine?

Alter body functions: Controlled (heart, lungs, digestive tract & other organs within chest & abdomen) by 2-way communication via the vagus nerve, the 10th of the cranial (ones which do not go through the spinal cord, thus not within the spinal cord; C-spine vertebra) nerves. Research vagus anatomy&physiology on Google. MRI best for soft tissue yet reveals very little of the fantastic complexity within what is imaged. ...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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Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Massage no/ neck yes: Masage therapists are trained to avoid damage. With a neckinjury aproper evaluation is required. ...Read more

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

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

Special Blood Test: 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. ...Read more

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I developed anxiety and PVC'S after fundoplication. Vagus nerve damage? I was fine before surgey!!

I developed anxiety and PVC'S after fundoplication. Vagus nerve damage? I was fine before surgey!!

Yes, it is possible: Damage to the vagus nerve is a known risk of fundoplication. How often this occurs has been investigated but has not been determined. Because increased tone of the vagus nerve can suppress PVC's, it is a reasonable possibility that new onset PVC's after fundoplication could result from damage to vagus nerve during the surgery. ...Read more

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Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?

Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?

No but VBI might: VertebroBasilar Insufficiency (VBI) - The vertebral arteries run up the back of the neck thru tunnels (foramen) in the vertebrae (bones of spine). Some neck maneuvers can compress the artery where it passes thru the foramen. While not usually syncope, this can cause vertigo & drop attacks via buckling of the knees usually in older folks with degenerative spinal problems. Aka beauty parlor syndrome. ...Read more

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Damage to vagus nerve brain tumor at brainstem removed in 1993 regrowth 2004 now stable. What doctors test vagus nerve damage and how?

Damage to vagus nerve brain tumor at brainstem removed in 1993 regrowth 2004 now stable. What doctors test vagus nerve damage and how?

Vagus nerve: The vagus nerve can be activated by bearing down as you would having a bowel movement. This results in increased vagal tone which temporarily slows the heart rate. Making yourself gag by putting your finger in the back of your throat also activates the vagus nerve resulting in transient slowing of the heart rate. I would ask a neurologist if these maneuvers are valid measures of vagus nerve integr ...Read more

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Could there be any connection between vagus nerve damage and burning/pins and needles feeling in face (around mouth and nose/lower forehead area)?

Not really: The short answer is "no." the sensory function of the vagus nerve has no relationship to facial or oral structures. The closest that the vagus nerve comes to any function in that region of the body would have to do mainly with the cough reflex. Trigeminal nerve dysfunction more likely causing symptoms you mentioned. I notice that gbs is listed under "conditions."is that currently or in the past? ...Read more

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What are the methods for diagnosing/ locating damage to vagus nerve? Can it be repaired/ reactivated?

Variable: The vagus="the wandering nerve is one of two vagus
nerves that are left anterior and right posterior along the esophagus in the chest to the stomach.
If one is damaged there may be no signs.
If both are damaged or surgically divided there are changes in gastric -stomach acid production and motility.
But if cut high in the neck the recurrent laryngeal -voice nerves will be affected. ...Read more

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After 2 decompression surgeries for Chiari I malformation and 2 more for CSF leaks I now have a damaged Vagus nerve. Can this be repaired?

After 2 decompression surgeries for Chiari I malformation and 2 more for CSF leaks I now have a damaged Vagus nerve. Can this be repaired?

Depends how damaged: A neurologist who specializes in this or neurosurgeon can answer this, sometimes if not completely cut can regenerate a little or if dinged can come back more ...Read more

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How is a sensitive vagus nerve diagnosed?

How is a sensitive vagus nerve diagnosed?

Symptoms: The vagus nerve controls heart rate blood pressure and other automatic functions of stomach, bowel, bladder. Vaso-vagal syncope is common with sudden pale, light-headed and faint. Stress, shock, donating blood etc can cause this reaction. Rubbing the neck may induce reaction. Heart rate studies may suggest a problem. ...Read more

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How does hydralazine block the vagus nerve?

Not a MOA: Hydralazine is a direct smooth muscle relaxer based on its intracellular action on Calcium. In situ, it does not appear to have a direct effect on the vagus nerve, but rather may have an effect on the sinoatrial node and a reflex response (increased heart rate) due to the decreased blood pressure (baroreceptor response). ...Read more

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Can you dignose vagus nerve symtoms with blood?

Can you dignose vagus nerve symtoms with blood?

Unclear: Your question is unclear. "vagus nerve symptoms" is not really a description of what's going on. The nerve goes too many places and does to many things to know what you're referring to. Even considering that, it's unlikely a blood test could reveal nerve problems. ...Read more

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What is the correlation between dysautonomia and the vagus nerve?

What is the correlation between dysautonomia and the vagus nerve?

Dysautonomia: This world is used when there is imbalance between the 2 autonomic system, sympathetic and parasympathetic---

the vagal nerve is one of the conductors of parasympathetic
---increase vagal tone, balance excessive sympathetic activity, which are not always healthy. ...Read more

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Are there specific vagus nerve disorders? If so, what are they called?

Vagal Disorders vary: Neuralgia, respiratory and vocal problems, problems swallowing, stomach problems [gastroparesis], vasovagal reflex induced fainting, heart arrhythmias, and urinary problems. Patients with anxiety, depression, or who lose consciousness during complex partial seizures or generalized seizures, and whose seizures are not being controlled by medication, may benefit from vagal nerve stimulation. ...Read more

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What is it like to wear a vagus nerve stimulator?

Not very visible: Cosmetically, the stimulator/battery unit is placed below the collarbone. It may not be very visible under the skin. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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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