Effect of vagus nerve stimulation in an adult patient with Dravet syndrome: contribution to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy risk reduction?

Spatola, Marianna; Jeannet, Pierre-Yves; Pollo, Claudio; Wider, Christian; Labrum, Robyn; Rossetti, Andrea O (2013). Effect of vagus nerve stimulation in an adult patient with Dravet syndrome: contribution to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy risk reduction? European neurology, 69(2), pp. 119-21. Basel: Karger 10.1159/000345132

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We report on a patient who developed, from 5 months of age, multiple seizure types, including myoclonic, associated with severe psychomotor delay, leading to the diagnosis of Dravet syndrome. Over the years, he developed refractory epilepsy and was implanted with a vagus nerve stimulator at the age of 19. After 3 months, he experienced a progressive improvement of partial and generalized seizures, with a >90% reduction, and better alertness. This meaningful clinical improvement is discussed in the light of the sudden unexpected death in epilepsy risk, which is high in this setting, and seems remarkably diminished in our patient in view of the reduction of generalized convulsions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurosurgery

UniBE Contributor:

Pollo, Claudio

ISSN:

0014-3022

Publisher:

Karger

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:37

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 21:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1159/000345132

PubMed ID:

23207687

Web of Science ID:

000312370600012

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/14836 (FactScience: 221970)

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