Vagus (Vagal) Nerve Stimulation

The vagus nerve is one of a dozen pairs of cranial nerves controlling motor and sensory functions of the viscera. Electrical stimulation of this nerve has been found to affect the connections within the brain that are prone to seizure activity, and has also shown a positive effect on mood in patients who have tried antidepressant medications without symptom relief.


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Reviewed Sept. 16, 2010
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