Successful implantation and immediate activation of Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) during pregnancy in a patient with intractable epilepsy: A case illustration and review of the literature

N. Jazebi, N. Moghimi, Rishi Rajiv Lall, E. Osadebey, J. Ortega-Barnett, Todd Masel

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Abstract

While Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is proven to be a safe and effective adjunctive therapy in the general population with medically intractable seizures, little is published about its implantation during pregnancy. Here we illustrate the case of a 21. year old primigravid woman with medically refractory seizures who underwent safe and successful VNS implantation and immediate activation of the device in her 32nd week of pregnancy, resulting in dramatically improved seizure control and subsequent delivery of a healthy baby.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
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StateAccepted/In press - Feb 5 2017

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Seizures
Pregnancy
Equipment and Supplies
Population
Drug Resistant Epilepsy
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy
  • Refractory seizures
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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