Ventricular asystole during vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy in humans

William O. Tatum IV, D. B. Moore, M. M. Stecker, G. H. Baltuch, J. A. French, J. A. Ferreira, P. M. Carney, D. R. Labar, Fernando Vale Diaz

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Abstract

Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve, a recently available option for patients with refractory epilepsy, has demonstrated safety and efficacy. We report four patients with refractory epilepsy who experienced ventricular asystole intraoperatively during initial testing for implantation of the vagus nerve stimulator. Acute intraoperative vagus nerve stimulation may create ventricular asystole in humans. Extracorporeal cervical vagus nerve stimulation testing with continuous EKG monitoring intraoperatively before generator implantation is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1269
Number of pages3
JournalNeurology
Volume52
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 12 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Vagus Nerve
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Electric Stimulation
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Tatum IV, W. O., Moore, D. B., Stecker, M. M., Baltuch, G. H., French, J. A., Ferreira, J. A., ... Vale Diaz, F. (1999). Ventricular asystole during vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy in humans. Neurology, 52(6), 1267-1269.

Ventricular asystole during vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy in humans. / Tatum IV, William O.; Moore, D. B.; Stecker, M. M.; Baltuch, G. H.; French, J. A.; Ferreira, J. A.; Carney, P. M.; Labar, D. R.; Vale Diaz, Fernando.

In: Neurology, Vol. 52, No. 6, 12.04.1999, p. 1267-1269.

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Tatum IV, WO, Moore, DB, Stecker, MM, Baltuch, GH, French, JA, Ferreira, JA, Carney, PM, Labar, DR & Vale Diaz, F 1999, 'Ventricular asystole during vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy in humans', Neurology, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 1267-1269.
Tatum IV WO, Moore DB, Stecker MM, Baltuch GH, French JA, Ferreira JA et al. Ventricular asystole during vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy in humans. Neurology. 1999 Apr 12;52(6):1267-1269.
Tatum IV, William O. ; Moore, D. B. ; Stecker, M. M. ; Baltuch, G. H. ; French, J. A. ; Ferreira, J. A. ; Carney, P. M. ; Labar, D. R. ; Vale Diaz, Fernando. / Ventricular asystole during vagus nerve stimulation for epilepsy in humans. In: Neurology. 1999 ; Vol. 52, No. 6. pp. 1267-1269.
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