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Evaluation of laryngeal function after implantation of the vagus nerve stimulation device

Authors
Journal
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
0194-5998
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Volume
129
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0194-5998(03)00605-3
Keywords
  • Original Article

Abstract

Abstract Objectives The vagus nerve stimulation device (VNS) is used for the management of seizures. This study evaluated what effect the diameter of the vagus nerve helical electrode might have on true vocal cord (TVC) mobility. The study was prompted after 2 cases of TVC immobility. Electrode nerve compression was suspect. Methods Eighteen patients underwent intraoperative vagus nerve measurement and electrode placement with subsequent voice and TVC evaluation. Electrode selection was based on vagus nerve measurements. Results Seven patients had vagus nerves measuring less than 2 mm diameter and received the 2-mm inner diameter electrode. Eleven patients had vagus nerves measuring more than 2 mm in diameter and received the 3-mm inner diameter electrode. No patients experienced transient or permanent hoarseness or paresis/paralysis. Conclusion Precise vagus nerve measurements and electrode selection appear to decrease the incidence of nerve compression injury and TVC immobility.

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