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What is vagus nerve stimulation?


Because vagus nerve stimulation is so new in depression treatment, you and your doctors must carefully consider the pros and cons before using it. It's not known precisely how stimulation of the vagus nerve may improve depression symptoms. And the long-term effects of vagus nerve stimulation are still being studied, and not all side effects may be known yet.

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Also known as vns, Vagal Nerve Stimulation, Vagus Nerve Stimulations, Vagal Nerve Stimulations
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Vagus nerve stimulation

Vagus nerve stimulation is a neurological procedure that sends electrical impulses into your brain in an effort to improve chronic depression symptoms. Vagus nerve stimulation is one of several newer types of brain stimulation methods designed to treat depression when standard treatment hasn't worked. Vagus nerve stimulation is sometimes called vagal nerve stimulation.

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Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) involves the passage of low-voltage electrical current to electrodes pasted on the skin. The current is delivered through wires from a small battery-powered power unit. The frequency and intensity of this treatment depend on the specific condition and treatment goals. Accordingly, the electrode pads are placed in various sites on the body. Frequency, intensity, and site of application are believed to be pivotal to achieving optimal effects during and after stimulation.

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Urethral discharge culture

Fainting (caused by stimulation of the vagal nerve) occasionally occurs when the swab is introduced into the urethra. Other risks include infection or bleeding.

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Robinul

ROBINUL Injection is indicated for use as a preoperative antimuscarinic to reduce salivary, tracheobronchial, and pharyngeal secretions, to reduce the volume and free acidity of gastric secretions, and to block cardiac vagal inhibitory reflexes during induction of anesthesia and intubation. When indicated, ROBINUL Injection may be used intraoperatively to counteract surgically or drug-induced or vagal reflexes associated arrhythmias. Glycopyrrolate protects against the peripheral muscarinic...

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Robinul

ROBINUL (glycopyrrolate) Injection is a synthetic anticholinergic agent. Each 1 mL contains:Glycopyrrolate, USP 0.2 mg... ... In Anesthesia ROBINUL Injection is indicated for use as a preoperative antimuscarinic to reduce salivary, tracheobronchial, and pharyngeal secretions, to reduce the volume and free acidity of gastric secretions, and to block cardiac vagal inhibitory reflexes during induction of anesthesia and intubation. When indicated, ROBINUL Injection may be used intraoperatively to counteract surgically or drug-induced or vagal reflexes associated arrhythmias. Glycopyrrolate protects against the peripheral muscarinic effects (e.g., bradycardia and excessive secretions) of cholinergic agents such as neostigmine and pyridostigmine given to reverse the neuromuscular blockade due to non-depolarizing muscle relaxants.

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Vagus nerve stimulation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an adjunctive treatment for certain types of intractable epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression. VNS uses an implanted ...

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Epilepsy: Vagus Nerve Stimulation - WebMD

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy. It involves implanting a pacemaker-like device that generates pulses of electricity to ...

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VNS

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a type of treatment in which short bursts of electrical energy are directed into the brain via the vagus nerve, ...

Vagus Nerve Stimulation: eMedicine Neurology

Dec 16, 2010 ... Overview: An estimated 1% of the general population has epilepsy. In close to 30% of these patients, the epilepsy is intractable to ...

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation - Vagus Nerve Stimulation - Neurology Channel

Oct 13, 2010 ... Vagus nerve stimulation is accomplished by a surgically placed generator that reduces seizures.

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Results
If vagus nerve stimulation works as hoped, your depression symptoms will improve or go away completely. It may take several months of treatment with vagus nerve stimulation before you notice any improvements in your depression symptoms.

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Risks
Vagus nerve stimulation is considered generally safe. But it does pose the risk of numerous problems, some serious. You may have risks both from the surgery to implant the device and from the brain stimulation.

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What you can expect
During the surgery Surgery to implant the vagus nerve stimulation device is done either on an outpatient basis, allowing you go to home that same day, or on an inpatient basis, requiring an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgery usually takes one to two hours. It may be done under local or general anesthesia. The FDA recommends that the surgery be done by a neurosurgeon with expertise in implanting the device.

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Why it's done
Standard treatment with antidepressant medications, psychotherapy or electroconvulsive therapy often can help improve even severe cases of depression. But if these standard depression treatments don't work, vagus nerve stimulation might be an option.

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