Purpose: To learn whether stimulation of the left vagal nerve would influence swallowing. Methods: Eight children receiving intermittent left vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) for their pharmacoresistant epilepsy underwent barium swallow studies with their generators off, on, and at maximally tolerated settings. Results: Laryngeal penetration of barium was present in three patients without stimulation, and was caused by VNS in one other patient. Aspiration never occurred. Conclusions: Stimulation of the left vagal nerve under conditions used to treat epilepsy does not cause aspiration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|State||Published - Oct 1 1998|
- Pediatric epilepsy
- Vagal nerve stimulation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology