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Seizure. 2004 Apr;13(3):176-8.

Vagus nerve stimulation for refractory idiopathic generalised epilepsy.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.


We reviewed our experience with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in 165 patients with medically refractory epilepsy (138 partial epilepsy (PE), 13 symptomatic generalised epilepsy (SGE), 14 idiopathic generalised epilepsy (IGE)). Average duration of VNS therapy was 21.6 months. A 50% or greater reduction in seizure frequency was achieved in 47.1% of the PE group, 46.1% of the SGE group, and 57.1% of the IGE group. A 50% or greater reduction in seizure frequency and reduced antiepileptic drug (AED) regimen were achieved in: PE (9.4%), SGE (7.7%), and IGE (35.7%). These preliminary results suggest that VNS is an effective therapy for some patients with medically refractory IGE.

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