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REVIEW
Janneke Hilderink, Marleen C Tjepkema-Cloostermans, Anita Geertsema, Janita Glastra-Zwiers, Cecile C de Vos
PURPOSE: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has shown to be an effective treatment for drug resistant epilepsy, with achieving more than 50% seizure reduction in one third of the treated patients. In order to predict which patients will profit from VNS, we previously found that a low pairwise derived Brain Symmetry Index (pdBSI) could potentially predict good responders to VNS treatment. These findings however have to be validated before they can be generalized. METHODS: 39 patients (age 18-68 years) with medically intractable epilepsy who were referred for an implanted VNS system were included...
April 4, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429863/abdominal-vagus-nerve-stimulation-as-a-new-therapeutic-approach-to-prevent-postoperative-ileus
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N Stakenborg, A M Wolthuis, P J Gomez-Pinilla, G Farro, M Di Giovangiulio, G Bosmans, E Labeeuw, M Verhaegen, I Depoortere, A D'Hoore, G Matteoli, G E Boeckxstaens
BACKGROUND: Electrical stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve (VNS) prevents postoperative ileus (POI) in mice. As this approach requires an additional cervical procedure, we explored the possibility of peroperative abdominal VNS in mice and human. METHODS: The effect of cervical and abdominal VNS was studied in a murine model of POI and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis. Postoperative ileus was quantified by assessment of intestinal transit of fluorescent dextran expressed as geometric center (GC)...
April 21, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422871/ultrasound-versus-fluoroscopy-guided-medial-branch-block-for-the-treatment-of-lower-lumbar-facet-joint-pain-a-retrospective-comparative-study
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Seung Hoon Han, Ki Deok Park, Kyoung Rai Cho, Yongbum Park
The aim of this study was to compare the mid-term effects and benefits of ultrasound (US)-guided and fluoroscopy (FL)-guided medial branch blocks (MBBs) for chronic lower lumbar facet joint pain through pain relief, functional improvement, and injection efficiency evaluation.Patients with chronic lumbar facet joint pain who received US (n = 68) or FL-guided MBBs (n = 78) were included in this retrospective study. All procedures were performed under FL or US guidance. Complication frequency, therapeutic effects, functional improvement, and the injection efficiency of MBBs were compared at 1, 3, and 6 months after the last injection...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422349/effects-of-extrinsic-cardiac-nerve-stimulation-on-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility-the-regulatory-role-of-the-spinal-cord
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Zixuan Dai, Congxin Huang, Qingyan Zhao, Shujuan Zhang, Hongyi Zhao, Youjing Zhang, Yongsheng Qian, Yanhong Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of the mutual regulation of the extrinsic cardiac nerves on atrial electrophysiology and atrial fibrillation (AF) vulnerability. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fourteen dogs were randomly divided into 2 groups: spinal cord stimulation (SCS) group (n = 7) and spinal cord block (SCB) group (n = 7). SCS was performed with 90% of the threshold voltage stimulating the T1 -T2 spinal level, while SCB was performed by injecting 2% lidocaine into the epidural space at the T2-3 level...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414968/investigating-the-correlation-between-short-term-effectiveness-of-vns-therapy-in-reducing-the-severity-of-seizures-and-long-term-responsiveness
#5
Maryam Ravan
VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) Therapy(®) is an adjunctive therapy for patients with medically refractory epilepsy. The primary metric used to assess response to any treatment for epilepsy is seizure frequency reduction as measured using seizure diaries. In addition to seizure frequency, reduction in seizure severity is clinically meaningful to patients and can be measured objectively. Analysis of electro-encephalographic (EEG) signals has revealed that seizures are accompanied by spatial synchronization of EEG electrodes that may persist for several minutes after the seizure...
April 11, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410885/successful-implantation-and-immediate-activation-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns-during-pregnancy-in-a-patient-with-intractable-epilepsy-a-case-illustration-and-review-of-the-literature
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N Jazebi, N Moghimi, R Lall, E Osadebey, J Ortega-Barnett, T Masel
While Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is proven to be a safe and effective adjunctive therapy in the general population with medically intractable seizures, little is published about its implantation during pregnancy. Here we illustrate the case of a 21year old primigravid woman with medically refractory seizures who underwent safe and successful VNS implantation and immediate activation of the device in her 32nd week of pregnancy, resulting in dramatically improved seizure control and subsequent delivery of a healthy baby...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408499/optimising-the-value-of-vns
#7
Adele Waters
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 15, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400500/differential-hemodynamic-and-respiratory-responses-to-right-and-left-cervical-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-rats
#8
Harald M Stauss
Neuromodulation through vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) is currently explored for a variety of clinical conditions. However, there are no established VNS parameters for animal models of human diseases, such as hypertension. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess hemodynamic and respiratory responses to right- or left-sided cervical VNS in a hypertensive rat model. Anesthetized stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats were instrumented for arterial blood pressure and heart rate monitoring and left- or right-sided VNS Cervical VNS was applied through bipolar coil electrodes...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390806/the-vagal-nerve-stimulation-outcome-and-laryngeal-effect-otolaryngologists-roles-and-perspective
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Ahmad I Al Omari, Firas Q Alzoubi, Mohammad M Alsalem, Samah K Aburahma, Diala T Mardini, Paul F Castellanos
INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic disorders. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), first investigated in 1938 and subsequently studied as a potential therapy for epilepsy. The FDA approved the use of VNS in 1997 as an adjunctive non-pharmacologic symptomatic treatment option for refractory epilepsy for adults and adolescents over 12years. VNS can cause laryngeal and voice side effects that can be managed by otolaryngologists safely and effectively. OBJECTIVES: This study is to review the outcomes of vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) implantation in terms of the surgical procedures, complications, seizure frequency, and the clinical effect on larynx and vocal folds motion...
April 4, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389989/single-vagus-nerve-stimulation-reduces-early-postprandial-c-peptide-levels-but-not-other-hormones-or-postprandial-metabolism
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M W Tang, F S van Nierop, F A Koopman, H M Eggink, D M Gerlag, M W Chan, R Zitnik, F M Vaz, J A Romijn, P P Tak, M R Soeters
A recent study in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients using electrical vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) to activate the inflammatory reflex has shown promising effects on disease activity. Innervation by the autonomic nerve system might be involved in the regulation of many endocrine and metabolic processes and could therefore theoretically lead to unwanted side effects. Possible effects of VNS on secretion of hormones are currently unknown. Therefore, we evaluated the effects of a single VNS on plasma levels of pituitary hormones and parameters of postprandial metabolism...
April 8, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386925/vagus-nerve-stimulation-surgical-technique-of-implantation-and-revision-and-related-morbidity
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Flavio Giordano, Anna Zicca, Carmen Barba, Renzo Guerrini, Lorenzo Genitori
Indications for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy include focal, multifocal epilepsy, drop attacks (tonic/atonic seizures), Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-related multifocal epilepsy, and unsuccessful resective surgery. Surgical outcome is about 50-60% for seizures control, and may also improve mood, cognition, and memory. On this basis, VNS has also been proposed for the treatment of major depression and Alzheimer's' disease. The vagus nerve stimulator must be implanted with blunt technique on the left side to avoid cardiac side effects through the classic approach for anterior cervical discectomy...
April 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359201/a-5-year-observational-study-of-patients-with-treatment-resistant-depression-treated-with-vagus-nerve-stimulation-or-treatment-as-usual-comparison-of-response-remission-and-suicidality
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Scott T Aaronson, Peter Sears, Francis Ruvuna, Mark Bunker, Charles R Conway, Darin D Dougherty, Frederick W Reimherr, Thomas L Schwartz, John M Zajecka
OBJECTIVE: The Treatment-Resistant Depression Registry investigated whether adjunctive vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) with treatment as usual in depression has superior long-term outcomes compared with treatment as usual only. METHOD: This 5-year, prospective, open-label, nonrandomized, observational registry study was conducted at 61 U.S. sites and included 795 patients who were experiencing a major depressive episode (unipolar or bipolar depression) of at least 2 years' duration or had three or more depressive episodes (including the current episode), and who had failed four or more depression treatments (including ECT)...
March 31, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321533/perioperative-antibiotic-use-in-vagus-nerve-stimulator-implantation-a-clinical-series
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Jeffrey S Raskin, Daniel Hansen, Arvind Mohan, I-Wen Pan, Daniel J Curry, Sandi Lam
PURPOSE: Preoperative antibiosis contributes up to one third of total antibiotic use in major hospitals. Choice of antibiotic is not uniformly standardized, and polypharmacy regimens may be used without knowing the effect on rates of surgical site infection, nonsurgical infections, or antibiotic resistance. Careful examination of trends in surgical prophylaxis is warranted. In this study, we aimed to examine our institution's experience with vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) implantation, focusing on association between perioperative antibiotic practices and postoperative infectious outcomes...
March 20, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320117/use-of-social-media-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-dravet-syndrome-a-caregiver-s-perspective
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Rushna Ali, Mona Elsayed, Manpreet Kaur, Ellen Air, Naznin Mahmood, Jules Constantinou, Jason Schwalb
BACKGROUND: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare genetic epilepsy syndrome which is particularly pharmacoresistant. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is commonly used in the treatment of DS as an adjunct to medical therapy. A meaningful assessment of post-surgical outcomes with VNS is difficult given the rarity of the condition. OBJECTIVE: In a novel approach, we used social media to contact patients with DS to gather data on post-surgical seizure reduction and overall satisfaction with VNS...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298036/efficacy-and-safety-of-corpus-callosotomy-after-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#15
Jennifer Hong, Atman Desai, Vijay M Thadani, David W Roberts
OBJECTIVE Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) and corpus callosotomy (CC) have both been shown to be of benefit in the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy. Recent case series have reviewed the efficacy of VNS in patients who have undergone CC, with encouraging results. There are few data, however, on the use of CC following VNS therapy. METHODS The records of all patients at the authors' center who underwent CC following VNS between 1998 and 2015 were reviewed. Patient baseline characteristics, operative details, and postoperative outcomes were analyzed...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286178/vagus-nerve-stimulation-suppresses-acute-noxious-activation-of-trigeminocervical-neurons-in-animal-models-of-primary-headache
#16
Simon Akerman, Bruce Simon, Marcela Romero-Reyes
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has been reported to be effective in the abortive treatment of both migraine and cluster headache. Using validated animal models of acute dural-intracranial (migraine-like) and trigeminal-autonomic (cluster-like) head pain we tested whether VNS suppresses ongoing and nociceptive-evoked firing of trigeminocervical neurons to explain its abortive effects in migraine and cluster headache. Unilateral VNS was applied invasively via hook electrodes placed on the vagus nerve. A single dose of ipsilateral or contralateral VNS, to trigeminal recording and dural-stimulating side, suppressed ongoing spontaneous and noxious dural-evoked trigeminocervical neuronal firing...
June 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268683/effect-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-neural-adaptation-in-thalamo-cortical-system-in-rats
#17
Tomoyo I Shiramatsu, Rie Hitsuyu, Kenji Ibayashi, Ryohei Kanzaki, Kensuke Kawai, Hirokazu Takahashi
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a therapy on medically refractory epilepsy, and recently reported to improve cognitive function including learning and memory. The thalamo-cortical system may underlie such VNS-induced cognitive improvements. Thus, the present study targeted the auditory cortex and thalamus in rats, and investigated whether and how VNS modulates stimulus-specific adaptation (SSA) of the neural activity in these nuclei. A depth electrode array recorded auditory evoked potentials from the auditory thalamus and cortex under an oddball paradigm either with or without VNS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255059/come-and-say-hello-at-bsava-congress
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March 4, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251589/neurostimulation-devices-used-in-treatment-of-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Evren Burakgazi Dalkilic
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder frequently requiring lifelong treatment. In 70% of epilepsy patients, seizures are well controlled by antiepileptic medications. About 30% of epilepsy patients remain refractory to medical treatments and may need surgical interventions for better seizure control. Unfortunately and not infrequently, surgical intervention is not feasible due to various reasons such as multiple seizure foci, not resectable focus because of eloquent cortex location, or inability to tolerate surgery due to ongoing concomitant medical conditions...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238966/managing-lafora-body-disease-with-vagal-nerve-stimulation
#20
Mohamad A Mikati, Faysal Tabbara
A 17-year-old female, of consanguineous parents, presented with a history of seizures and cognitive decline since the age of 12 years. She had absence, focal dyscognitive, generalized myoclonic, and generalized tonic-clonic seizures, all of which were drug resistant. The diagnosis of Lafora body disease was made based on a compatible clinical, EEG, seizure semiology picture and a disease-causing homozygous mutation in the EPM2A gene. A vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) was inserted and well tolerated with a steady decrease and then stabilization in seizure frequency during the six months following insertion (months 1-6)...
February 22, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
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