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.


Reference:

1. Beekwilder JP, Beems T. Overview of the clinical applications of vagus nerve stimulation. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2010 Apr;27(2):130-8.

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2018
Marc Russo, MBBS DA(UK)FANZCA, FFPMFANZCA
Executive Officer, International Neuromodulation Society, 2011-2019
Hunter Pain Clinic, Broadmeadow, NSW Australia

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 02:10 PM