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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Vagus nerve stimulation: a pre-hospital case report
Author(s): Mohrsen, Stian Anmarkrud
Keywords: pre-hospital
vagus nerve stimulator
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Date Deposited: 31-May-2021
Citation: Mohrsen SA (2020) Vagus nerve stimulation: a pre-hospital case report. British Paramedic Journal, 5 (2), pp. 34-37.
Abstract: Introduction: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an adjunct therapy to anti-epileptics in patients where combination drug therapy alone has failed. The VNS device resembles an implantable defibrillator, and can be found underneath the clavicle on either side of the chest. By using a strong ring magnet, the device can be manipulated to seize function or operate on higher intensities, depending on how it is applied. The use of vagal stimulation is increasingly common and VNS is being explored for a range of other medical complaints. Case: This case study discusses the encounter between a paramedic and a woman presenting with a choking sensation, isolated uvular deviation and stable cardiorespiratory functions. Following a short period of observation without adverse events, she was discharged on scene and advised to see her specialist epilepsy nurse. Conclusion: Side effects of VNS increase with intensity of stimulation and can manifest throughout any branch of the vagus nerve. Its therapeutic mechanism of action is yet to be fully understood. The symptoms of over-stimulation are often frightening but benign, and although life-threatening events are rare, they require rapid recognition and immediate intervention.
DOI Link: 10.29045/14784726.2020.
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