Long term effect of vagus nerve stimulation in pediatric intractable epilepsy: an extended follow-up


SERDAROĞLU A., ARHAN E., KURT G., Erdem A., HIRFANOĞLU T., Aydin K., ...More

CHILDS NERVOUS SYSTEM, vol.32, no.4, pp.641-646, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00381-015-3004-z
  • Journal Name: CHILDS NERVOUS SYSTEM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.641-646
  • Keywords: Intractable epilepsy, Pediatrics, Vagal nerve stimulation, DRUG-RESISTANT EPILEPSY, REFRACTORY EPILEPSY, CHILDREN, THERAPY, ONSET, SEIZURES, OUTCOMES

Abstract

Over the past two decades, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has become an accepted and viable treatment modality for intractable epilepsy both in children and adults. Earlier studies have demonstrated short-term seizure outcomes, usually for up to 5 years; so far, none have reported an extended outcome in children. We aimed to assess long term seizure outcome in children with intractable epilepsy for more than 5 years.