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Can vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) help treat epilepsy?

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In vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a doctor surgically implants a vagus nerve stimulator in your chest. It delivers short bursts of energy to the brain. Scientists have found that it reduces seizures by about 40% to 50%. It does not work in everyone. If your doctor recommends VNS, you will probably still need to take medication, but you may be able to reduce your dose.

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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