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A twelve-month open-label study in the March issue of the journal Neurology reports that US medical device maker ElectroCore's gammaCore non-invasive Vagus Nerve stimulation device is practical and effective as an acute and preventative treatment in cluster headache, the company said on Tuesday.
Although vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are not mutually exclusive, the safety of concurrent use of these 2 therapies is uncertain.
He reported 1-year follow-up results on the first 10 patients in the Netherlands to receive a vagus nerve stimulation unit as treatment for chronic or recurrent depression.
(For more on vagus nerve stimulation, see "A Method in Seizure Management: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, May 1999.)
Vagus nerve stimulation was approved for the treatment of epilepsy in 1997.
Vagus nerve stimulation is provided by the NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis[R] System (NCP).
Tenders are invited for systems of deep brain stimulation, spinal stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation.
Basking Ridge, NJ, June 17, 2016 --( The results of two studies, presented at the American Headache Society (AHS) Science Meeting last weekend in San Diego, show that using electroCore's non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) therapy, gammaCore[R], is effective at preventing both cluster headache and menstrual migraine.
The trial is the first and only randomised sham-controlled clinical trial investigating vagus nerve stimulation to treat heart failure patients.
* Vagus nerve stimulation applies electrical pulses to the brain via the left vagns nerve, using an implanted stimulator.
Vagus nerve stimulation is reportedly successful in some children with refractory epilepsy, though none of my patients use it.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed Decision Memo regarding its National Coverage Determination, or NCD, for the LivaNova Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy System for Treatment-Resistant Depression, or TRD.