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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675810/neurostimulation-for-memory-enhancement-in-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Stephen Meisenhelter, Barbara C Jobst
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Memory is one of the top concerns of epilepsy patients, but there are no known treatments to directly alleviate the memory deficits associated with epilepsy. Neurostimulation may provide new therapeutic tools to enhance memory in epilepsy patients. Here, we critically review recent investigations of memory enhancement using transcranial electrical stimulation (tES), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), chronic intracranial stimulation, and acute intracranial stimulation...
April 19, 2018: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670050/epilepsy-and-neuromodulation-randomized-controlled-trials
#2
Churl-Su Kwon, Valeria Ripa, Omar Al-Awar, Fedor Panov, Saadi Ghatan, Nathalie Jetté
Neuromodulation is a treatment strategy that is increasingly being utilized in those suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy who are not appropriate for resective surgery. The number of double-blinded RCTs demonstrating the efficacy of neurostimulation in persons with epilepsy is increasing. Although reductions in seizure frequency is common in these trials, obtaining seizure freedom is rare. Invasive neuromodulation procedures (DBS, VNS, and RNS) have been approved as therapeutic measures. However, further investigations are necessary to delineate effective targeting, minimize side effects that are related to chronic implantation and to improve the cost effectiveness of these devices...
April 18, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651891/use-of-vagus-nerve-stimulator-on-children-with-primary-generalized-epilepsy
#3
William P Welch, Bilal Sitwat, Yoshimi Sogawa
OBJECTIVE: To describe the response to vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) in otherwise neurotypical children with medically intractable primary generalized epilepsy. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients who underwent vagus nerve stimulator surgery between January 2011 and December 2015. RESULTS: Eleven patients were identified. Median follow-up duration was 2.5 years (1.2-8.4 years). Prior to vagus nerve stimulator surgery, all patients had at least 1 seizure per week, and 7/11 (64%) had daily seizures...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29608227/estimating-long-term-vagus-nerve-stimulation-effectiveness-accounting-for-antiepileptic-drug-treatment-changes
#4
David Révész, Victoria Fröjd, Bertil Rydenhag, Elinor Ben-Menachem
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in combination with pharmacological therapy in a longitudinal retrospective study at a single center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from 130 consecutive patients implanted with a VNS device between the years 2000 and 2013 was analyzed. Seizure frequency and pharmacological antiepileptic drug (AED) treatments were recorded prior to as well as at one, two, and five years after VNS implantation...
April 2, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29590213/stochastic-vagus-nerve-stimulation-affects-acute-heart-rate-dynamics-in-rats
#5
Steven W Lee, Kanchan Kulkarni, Elizabeth M Annoni, Imad Libbus, Bruce H KenKnight, Elena G Tolkacheva
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an approved therapy for treatment of epilepsy and depression. While also shown to be promising in several preclinical and clinical studies to treat cardiovascular diseases, optimal therapeutic stimulation paradigms are still under investigation. Traditionally, parameters such as frequency, current, and duty cycle are used to adjust the efficacy of VNS therapy. This study explored the effect of novel stochastic VNS (S-VNS) on acute heart rate (HR) dynamics. The effect of S-VNS was evaluated in Sprague Dawley rats by comparing the acute HR and HR variability (HRV) responses to standard, periodic VNS (P-VNS) across different frequencies (FREQs, 10-30 Hz)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29588984/effect-of-neurostimulation-on-cognition-and-mood-in-refractory-epilepsy
#6
REVIEW
Alvin Y Chan, John D Rolston, Vikram R Rao, Edward F Chang
Epilepsy is a common, debilitating neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. Mood disorders and cognitive deficits are common comorbidities in epilepsy that, like seizures, profoundly influence quality of life and can be difficult to treat. For patients with refractory epilepsy who are not candidates for resection, neurostimulation, the electrical modulation of epileptogenic brain tissue, is an emerging treatment alternative. Several forms of neurostimulation are currently available, and therapy selection hinges on relative efficacy for seizure control and amelioration of neuropsychiatric comorbidities...
March 2018: Epilepsia Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29555606/vagal-nerve-stimulator-malfunction-with-change-in-neck-position-case-report-and-literature-review
#7
Erin D'Agostino, Vyacheslav Makler, David F Bauer
BACKGROUND: Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) is a safe and well-tolerated treatment for drug resistant epilepsy. Complications and failure of the device can result from lead fracture, device malfunction, disconnection, or battery displacement and can result in a variety of symptoms. We present an interesting case of stimulator malfunction with increased impedance change seen only with a change in head position. CASE DESCRIPTION: Patient is a 25-year-old male with a vagal nerve stimulator (VNs) placed for medically refractory epilepsy who presented with neck pain and an electrical pulling sensation in his neck whenever he turned his head to the right...
March 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497072/preoperative-heart-rate-variability-as-predictors-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-outcome-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#8
Hong-Yun Liu, Zhao Yang, Fan-Gang Meng, Yu-Guang Guan, Yan-Shan Ma, Shu-Li Liang, Jiu-Luan Lin, Long-Sheng Pan, Ming-Ming Zhao, Wei Qu, Hong-Wei Hao, Guo-Ming Luan, Jian-Guo Zhang, Lu-Ming Li
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an adjunctive treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). However, it is still difficult to predict which patients will respond to VNS treatment and to what extent. We aim to explore the relationship between preoperative heart rate variability (HRV) and VNS outcome. 50 healthy control subjects and 63 DRE patients who had received VNS implants and had at least one year of follow up were included. The preoperative HRV were analyzed by traditional linear methods and heart rhythm complexity analyses with multiscale entropy (MSE)...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29493559/neurostimulation-for-drug-resistant-epilepsy-a-systematic-review-of-clinical-evidence-for-efficacy-safety-contraindications-and-predictors-for-response
#9
Paul Boon, Elien De Cock, Ann Mertens, Eugen Trinka
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurostimulation is becoming an increasingly accepted treatment alternative for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE) who are unsuitable surgery candidates. Standardized guidelines on when or how to use the various neurostimulation modalities are lacking. We conducted a systematic review on the currently available neurostimulation modalities primarily with regard to effectiveness and safety. RECENT FINDINGS: For vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), there is moderate-quality evidence for its effectiveness in adults with drug-resistant partial epilepsies...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462779/effects-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-on-heart-rate-variability-in-children-with-epilepsy
#10
Tugba Hirfanoglu, Ayse Serdaroglu, Ilker Cetin, Gokhan Kurt, Irem Y Capraz, Filiz Ekici, Ebru Arhan, Erhan Bilir
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on heart rate variability (HRV) in children with epilepsy. METHODS: The subgroups of HRV, namely time domain (Standard deviation of NN interval (SDNN), SDNN index, Standard deviation of the averages of NN intervals (SDANN), Root mean square of successive differences (RMMSD), Adjacent NN intervals differing by more than 50 ms in the entire recording divided by the total number of all NN intervals (PNN50), triangular index) and frequency domain (Low-frequency (LF), High-frequency (HF), LF/HF), were investigated in 20 pediatric patients before and after 6 and 12months of VNS treatment during day and night by comparing their data with those of 20 control subjects...
April 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425906/effects-of-vagal-neuromodulation-on-feeding-behavior
#11
Nicole A Pelot, Warren M Grill
Implanted vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) for obesity was recently approved by the FDA. However, its efficacy and mechanisms of action remain unclear. Herein, we synthesize clinical and preclinical effects of VNS on feeding behavior and energy balance and discuss engineering considerations for understanding and improving the therapy. Clinical cervical VNS (≤30 Hz) to treat epilepsy or depression has produced mixed effects on weight loss as a side effect, albeit in uncontrolled, retrospective studies. Conversely, preclinical studies (cervical and subdiaphragmatic VNS) mostly report decreased food intake and either decreased weight gain or weight loss...
February 6, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414594/changes-in-sleep-patterns-after-vagus-nerve-stimulation-deep-brain-stimulation-or-epilepsy-surgery-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#12
REVIEW
Óscar Romero-Osorio, Sebastián Gil-Tamayo, Daniel Nariño, Diego Rosselli
PURPOSE: Perform a systematic review of the literature on the effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), deep brain stimulation (DBS) and epilepsy surgery in subjective and objective sleep parameters. METHODS: We performed a literature search in the main medical databases: Medline, Embase, Cochrane, DARE and LILACS, looking for studies that evaluated the effects of VNS, DBS or epilepsy surgery on sleep parameters. In all, 36 studies, coming from 11 countries, including reviews, cohort studies, case series and case reports were included...
January 31, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414137/the-effect-of-vagus-nerve-stimulator-in-controlling-status-epilepticus-in-children
#13
Satyanarayana Gedela, Bilal Sitwat, William P Welch, Robert T Krafty, Yoshimi Sogawa
PURPOSE: This study explores the effect of Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) on Status Epilepticus (SE) in children with medically intractable epilepsy. METHODS: Retrospective review was conducted in children with a history of at least two SE, who had VNS implantation and had at least one year follow up after the procedure. RESULTS: Sixteen patients met inclusion/exclusion criteria. The median age of seizure onset and surgery was 1.3 years and 9...
January 23, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29379392/epilepsy-surgery-in-hospital-universiti-sains-malaysia-our-experiences-since-2004
#14
Ang Song Yee, John Tharakan, Zamzuri Idris, Shalini Bhaskar, Sanihah Abdul Halim, Salmi Abd Razak, Zabidi Azhar Mohd Hussin, Regunath Kandasamy, Wan Mohd Nazaruddin Wan Hassan, Laila Mukmin, Mohamad Hasyizan Hassan, Tan Yew Chin, Badrisyah Idris, Abdul Rahman Izaini Ghani, Hillol Kanti Pal, Jain George, Sani Sayuthi, Mohamed Saufi Awang, Jafri Malin Abdullah
Epilepsy surgery has been performed by a few centres in Malaysia, including Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM). To date, a total of 15 patients have undergone epilepsy surgery in HUSM. The epilepsy surgery included anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) with amygdalohippocampectomy (AH) and Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). The surgical outcomes of the patients were assessed using the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) outcome scale. The ILAE scores for patients who underwent ATL with AH were comparatively better than those who underwent VNS...
December 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350262/vagal-nerve-stimulation-for-medically-refractory-epilepsy-in-angelman-syndrome-a-series-of-three-cases
#15
REVIEW
Krystal L Tomei, Christine Y Mau, Michael Ghali, Jayoung Pak, Ira M Goldstein
BACKGROUND: We describe three children with Angelman syndrome and medically refractory epilepsy. METHODS: Case series of three pediatric patients with Angelman syndrome and medically refractory epilepsy. All three patients failed medical treatment and were recommended for vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) implantation. RESULTS: Following VNS implantation, all three patients experienced reduction in seizure frequency greater than that afforded by medication alone...
March 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336393/cardiac-surgery-in-a-patient-with-implanted-vagal-nerve-stimulator
#16
Aashish Jain, Dheeraj Arora, Yatin Mehta
The prevalence of epilepsy worldwide is around 0.5%-2% of the population. Antiepileptic medications are the first line of treatment in most of the cases but approximately 25%-30% epilepsy patients are refractory to the single or combination therapy. The surgical option for temporal lobe epilepsy is temporal lobectomy, which has its inherent risk of neurological deficits after the surgery. Patients who are either refractory to combination therapy or do not want surgical temporal lobectomy are the candidates for electrical stimulation therapy...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336017/long-term-surveillance-of-sudep-in-drug-resistant-epilepsy-patients-treated-with-vns-therapy
#17
Philippe Ryvlin, Elson L So, Charles M Gordon, Dale C Hesdorffer, Michael R Sperling, Orrin Devinsky, Mark T Bunker, Bryan Olin, Daniel Friedman
OBJECTIVE: Limited data are available regarding the evolution over time of the rate of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients (SUDEP) in drug-resistant epilepsy. The objective is to analyze a database of 40 443 patients with epilepsy implanted with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy in the United States (from 1988 to 2012) and assess whether SUDEP rates decrease during the postimplantation follow-up period. METHODS: Patient vital status was ascertained using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Death Index (NDI)...
March 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306976/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-anterior-nucleus-of-the-thalamus-for-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#18
REVIEW
Tim A M Bouwens van der Vlis, Olaf E M G Schijns, Frédéric L W V J Schaper, Govert Hoogland, Pieter Kubben, Louis Wagner, Rob Rouhl, Yasin Temel, Linda Ackermans
Despite the use of first-choice anti-epileptic drugs and satisfactory seizure outcome rates after resective epilepsy surgery, a considerable percentage of patients do not become seizure free. ANT-DBS may provide for an alternative treatment option in these patients. This literature review discusses the rationale, mechanism of action, clinical efficacy, safety, and tolerability of ANT-DBS in drug-resistant epilepsy patients. A review using systematic methods of the available literature was performed using relevant databases including Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library pertaining to the different aspects ANT-DBS...
January 6, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297653/mechanism-of-action-of-non-invasive-cervical-vagus-nerve-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-primary-headaches
#19
Bruce Simon, Justyna Blake
Stimulation of the cervical vagus nerve with implanted vagus nerve stimulation (iVNS) has been used clinically for more than 20 years to treat patients with epilepsy. More recently, a non-invasive cervical vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS), gammaCore, was developed, which has been purported to also stimulate the vagus nerve without the cost and morbidity associated with an iVNS system. gammaCore has been used to acutely treat various types of primary headaches, including migraine and cluster headaches (CH), and for the prevention of episodic, chronic, and menstrual migraines and CH...
November 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289803/application-of-rubber-band-with-hooks-on-both-ends-for-vagus-nerve-stimulator-implantation
#20
Hiroshi Hosoyama, Ryosuke Hanaya, Toshiaki Otsubo, Masanori Sato, Yumi Kashida, Sei Sugata, Masaya Katagiri, Koji Iida, Kazunori Arita
BACKGROUND: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a valuable therapeutic option for many types of drug-resistant epilepsy. Muscle hooks and carotid endarterectomy rings have been used for cervical delamination preceding the implantation of stimulation electrodes. The attachment on both sides of a rubber band of Kamiyama-style hanging needles, as are used for scalp and dural retraction during craniotomy, yields a useful tool for VNS implantation. Here we report our experience with this method...
March 2018: World Neurosurgery
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