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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Refractory status epilepticus treated with vagal nerve stimulation: case report.
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado 80045, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE:
Status epilepticus (SE) refractory to medical treatment has a high mortality rate and few effective treatments.
We describe the implantation of a vagal nerve stimulator to help terminate a case of refractory SE. A 23-year-old man was in SE for 3 weeks without being able to be weaned from intravenous anesthetic agents. After implantation of a vagal nerve stimulator, SE soon terminated, and the patient could be weaned from sedative agents and made a full recovery.
Vagal nerve stimulator should be considered in cases of refractory SE.