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Hardware failure in vagus nerve stimulation therapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18278574     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 20 year old male patient who had been successfully treated for epilepsy with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) for 7 years (50% seizure frequency reduction), had experienced multiple episodes of severe hoarseness, throat pain and impaired breathing during physical exercise. As malfunctioning of the pulse generator was suspected, it was decided to replace the device. During surgery, the pulse generator was found to have broken in two, due to an unstable connection between the battery subunit and the connector subunit. With a new pulse generator seizure frequency reduction was restored. No side effects occurred.
K Rijkers; M W Berfelo; E M J Cornips; H J M Majoie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-02-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurochirurgica     Volume:  150     ISSN:  0942-0940     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurochir (Wien)     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-17     Completed Date:  2008-04-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151000     Medline TA:  Acta Neurochir (Wien)     Country:  Austria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  403-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Maastricht University Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Device Removal
Electric Impedance
Electric Stimulation Therapy / instrumentation*
Epilepsies, Myoclonic / physiopathology,  therapy*
Equipment Failure*
Martial Arts / injuries
Prosthesis Design
Thoracic Injuries / complications
Vagus Nerve / physiopathology*
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications

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