Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Epilepsy, Clinical Efficacy of Programmed and Magnet Stimulation

  • P. Boon
  • K. Vonck
  • P. Van Walleghem
  • M. D’Havé
  • J. Caemaert
  • J. De Reuck
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplements book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 79)


Rationale.Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) by intermittent and programmed electrical stimulation of the left vagus nerve in the neck, has become widely available. It is an effective treatment for patients with refractory epilepsy. Patients can be provided with a magnet that allows to deliver additional stimulation trains. Since earlier studies have demonstrated the persistence of a stimulation effect after discontinuation of the stimulation train, we evaluated the clinical efficacy of VNS both in the programmed intermittent stimulation mode and magnet stimulation mode.


Vagus Nerve Magnet Stimulation Vagus Nerve Stimulation Seizure Frequency Refractory Epilepsy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Boon
    • 1
  • K. Vonck
    • 1
  • P. Van Walleghem
    • 1
  • M. D’Havé
    • 1
  • J. Caemaert
    • 2
  • J. De Reuck
    • 1
  1. 1.Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Department of NeurologyGhent University HospitalBelgium
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryGhent University HospitalBelgium

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