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Research identifies children benefit from VNS

2 October, 2000

American research from the University of Alabama has found that vagal nerve stimulation can be as effective in children as it is in adults.

The treatment is currently approved to control seizures in adults. Dr Patwardhan, presented his findings at the Annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in San Antonio.

Out of 38 children that received the VNS treatment for nine months, 10 experienced over 90 per cent reduction in their seizures, 14 had a 50-90 per cent reduction, and 7 had less than 50 per cent reduction of seizure activity. Only 7 children had no reduction at all.