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Trigeminal pain under vagus nerve stimulation


, : Trigeminal pain under vagus nerve stimulation. Pain 118(1-2): 271-273

Three epilepsy patients treated by cyclic continuous vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) experienced trigerninal pain during the periods of stimulation, which was reported as toothache in the left lowerjaw, ipsilateral to the side of stimulation. The symptom occurred with a latency of days to weeks following an increase in stimulation current intensity (SQ. Trigerninal pain was reversible with decrease in SCI, or subsided due to habituation. These findings show that clinically relevant effects of VNS on nociception may occur. Because of the late onset and variable form of this side effect, trigerninal pain may not be regarded as VNS-related which may result in unnecessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. (c) 2005 International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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PMID: 16202528

DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2005.07.022


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