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Doctor insights on: What Can Cause Vagus Nerve Damage And The Gastroparesis

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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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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 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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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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How can I find out if my vagus nerve was damaged during a nissen fundoplication surgery which caused gastroparesis?

How can I find out if my vagus nerve was damaged during a nissen fundoplication surgery which caused gastroparesis?

Tests are available.: For all surgical procedures there are risks and benefits. With nissen fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair, vagus nerve injury is a known risk. The risk for vagus nerve injury is due to the proximity of the nerve to the anatomy in which the procedures are performed. Okay to discuss with your surgeon and the GI doc on your team. There are tests to diagnose vagus nerve function. Good luck. ...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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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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Could there be any connection between vagus nerve damage and burning/pins and needles feeling in face (around mouth and nose/lower forehead area) ?

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

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