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Vagus Nerve Damage Treatment
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
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
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
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
Is vagus nerve damage repairable? Or, will the person have to deal with the issues for the rest of their life?
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
My sister had gall bladder removed &has now developed severe gastroparesis. If b/c vagus nerve damage caused, can anything be done to reverse?
Massage no/ neck yes: Masage therapists are trained to avoid damage. With a neckinjury aproper evaluation is required. ...Read more
Can a tummy tuck damage the vagus nerve? And is vagus nerve damage repairable? Temporary? Permanent? How is it diagnosed?
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
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
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
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
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
Lukewarm option: Vagal nerve stimulation (vns) for treatment resistant depression is fda approved (2005). However, subsequent studies have not been too supportive of its use. There are many medication options and combinations these days as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (less invasive) and electroconvulsive therapy (still an effective treatment). ...Read more
Electrically: An electrode is implanted that is hooked to a pulse generator and the nerve is stimulated. Depending on where the electrode is placed and what the desired result is, this would be the end result. To my knowlege, vbloc is not available in the USA other than perhaps a research center under rigidly controlled experimental protocols. Interesting question, why do you ask? ...Read more
What percentage of epilepsy patients are good candidates for vagus nerve stimulation (vns) therapy?
VNS candidates: Must be at least 12 years old (in the US) and have seizures that are known to respond to VNS (eg. Focal seizures, secondarily generalized seizures) and have failed to achieve adequate seizure control with at least two anticonvulsants (with documented therapeutic levels) or a combination of medications. Typically they are not good epilepsy surgery candidates. In my practice: about 1/3 patients. ...Read more
Yes, but: Why do you ask the question? See, loads of doctors can treat nerve injuries, and both surgery and medications are often employed. But rehab measures such as pt and ot can be helpful, besides occasional nerve blocks, and various injections. Suggest you get a diagnosis, and then participate in treatment. ...Read more
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
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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