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How does vagus nerve stimulation therapy work exactly?
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Dr. Adam Hebb
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: VNS
Vagus nerve stimulation is a neuromodulation system that provides constant electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck.
It is indicated for epilepsy and depression. The exact mechanism of action is unknown.

In brief: VNS
Vagus nerve stimulation is a neuromodulation system that provides constant electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck.
It is indicated for epilepsy and depression. The exact mechanism of action is unknown.
Dr. Adam Hebb
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Almost. Depending on the on and off time the output current is delivered in pulses when on (typically 30 seconds) then the stimulus is off for a period of time (typically 5 minutes)
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: For what?
It's is well known that vagal stimulus may lower the heart rate (useful in tachycardias )lowers the production of acid in the stomach( vagotomy surgery for peptic ulcers) and also can suddenly stop hiccups.
Maneuvers that stimulate the vagus( could be dangerouse): massaging carotid bulb in the neck, putting pressure to the eyeballs, putting pressure to the forehead, gag reflex, valsalva.

In brief: For what?
It's is well known that vagal stimulus may lower the heart rate (useful in tachycardias )lowers the production of acid in the stomach( vagotomy surgery for peptic ulcers) and also can suddenly stop hiccups.
Maneuvers that stimulate the vagus( could be dangerouse): massaging carotid bulb in the neck, putting pressure to the eyeballs, putting pressure to the forehead, gag reflex, valsalva.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Vagal Nerve Stim
works by modulating activity of the Nucleus Solitarius in the brain stem. Pulsatile electrical impulses are delivered from a signal generator implanted under the skin to the left Vagus Nerve.
The frequency and strength of the signal is adjusted to maximise seizure control, mood, attention and other parameters over time. If you want more detail feel free to ask www.healthtap.com/drericweisman

In brief: Vagal Nerve Stim
works by modulating activity of the Nucleus Solitarius in the brain stem. Pulsatile electrical impulses are delivered from a signal generator implanted under the skin to the left Vagus Nerve.
The frequency and strength of the signal is adjusted to maximise seizure control, mood, attention and other parameters over time. If you want more detail feel free to ask www.healthtap.com/drericweisman
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