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Can a responsive neurostimulation device (RNS) help treat epilepsy?

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RNS is approved by the FDA for adults with partial seizures. A doctor implants a small neurostimulator under the scalp and within the skull. It's connected to one or two wires that are placed in or on the surface of the brain where the seizures are suspected to originate. The device detects abnormal electrical activity in the area and delivers electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before seizure symptoms begin.

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center: "Treating Epilepsy." Epilepsy Foundation: "Bone Health a Concern for Some Women with Epilepsy;" "Epilepsy: an introduction;"  "Finding the Right Medication;" "When Standard Treatment is Not Enough;" and "Ketogenic Diet." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research." Wiebe, S.  , Aug. 2, 2001; vol. 345: pp 311-318. News release, FDA. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. News release, UCB, Inc.






New England Journal of Medicine

University Hospital, Newark, NJ: "The Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation, Greater Chicago: "Ketogenic Diet."

 

 

 

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center: "Treating Epilepsy." Epilepsy Foundation: "Bone Health a Concern for Some Women with Epilepsy;" "Epilepsy: an introduction;"  "Finding the Right Medication;" "When Standard Treatment is Not Enough;" and "Ketogenic Diet." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research." Wiebe, S.  , Aug. 2, 2001; vol. 345: pp 311-318. News release, FDA. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. News release, UCB, Inc.






New England Journal of Medicine

University Hospital, Newark, NJ: "The Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation, Greater Chicago: "Ketogenic Diet."

 

 

 

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

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