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What devices are used to treat epilepsy?

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Two types of devices are approved to treat epilepsy:

  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) sends regular pulses of electrical energy to your brain to prevent seizures. A doctor puts the device under the skin of your chest.
  • Responsive neurostimulation (RNS) also sends pulses to the brain, but through a device that your doctor places under your scalp.

From: What Is Epilepsy? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 13, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/13/2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions: Epilepsy."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology : "Targeted treatment in childhood epilepsy syndrome."

Epilepsy Foundation: "2017 Revised Classification of Seizures," "About Epilepsy: The Basics," "How Serious Are Seizures?" "Ketogenic Diet," "Neurological Exam," "Responsive Neurostimulation," "Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines," "Seizure Medication List," "Surgery," "What Causes Epilepsy and Seizures?" "What Kind of Doctor is Best?" "What Tests Are Needed?" "What Will the Doctor Do?"

Mayo Clinic: "Epilepsy: Overview," "Epilepsy: Symptoms and causes," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

National Health Service: "Epilepsy -- Symptoms."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions: Epilepsy."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology : "Targeted treatment in childhood epilepsy syndrome."

Epilepsy Foundation: "2017 Revised Classification of Seizures," "About Epilepsy: The Basics," "How Serious Are Seizures?" "Ketogenic Diet," "Neurological Exam," "Responsive Neurostimulation," "Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines," "Seizure Medication List," "Surgery," "What Causes Epilepsy and Seizures?" "What Kind of Doctor is Best?" "What Tests Are Needed?" "What Will the Doctor Do?"

Mayo Clinic: "Epilepsy: Overview," "Epilepsy: Symptoms and causes," "Epilepsy: Treatment."

National Health Service: "Epilepsy -- Symptoms."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 13, 2017

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