Tratamiento de la epilepsia por medio de la estimulacion vagal

Translated title of the contribution: Vagal nerve stimulation in the treatment of epilepsy

L. A. Alvarez, P. Dean, P. Jayakar, M. Duchowny, T. Resnick, C. Dunoyer, S. Koh

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Introduction. Vagal nerve stimulation is the latest therapeutic modality for the treatment of epilepsy. It consists of a lead implanted in the left vagal nerve which is connected to a subcutaneous stimulator implanted in the left axillary or pectorial region. Development. The stimulator is programmed to intermittently stimulate the vagal nerve throughout the day and a magnet also allows the patient to control the stimulation from the outside. This treatment has been used in patients with intractable partial seizures who are not candidates for epilepsy surgery. The results reported have varied but in general the procedure appears promising with at least 50% of the implanted having over 50% improvement in their seizure frequency and many having complete control without significant side effects. Conclusion. Further review of the results are still needed to fully determine the true value of this treatment and to identify the subgroups of patients which will benefit the most.

Translated title of the contributionVagal nerve stimulation in the treatment of epilepsy
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)385-387
Number of pages3
JournalRevista de neurologia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 16 1999


  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Vagal nerve stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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