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If I have a Deep Brain Stimulator can I have a vagus nerve

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If I have a Deep Brain Stimulator can I have a vagus nerve stimulator for depression implanted?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Abid replied 1 year ago.

Hi there ...

Thank you for the question ...

Vagus nerve stimulation is not indicated for such purpose as Vagus nerve stimulation results in to Neurocardiogenic syncope.

slow heart and often severe fall in blood pressure so avoid it .

Good luck .

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Expert:  Dr Subbanna MD replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I am an American Board Certified Neurologist with experience in treating all neurological and other medical conditions and I am very glad to help you with your health concerns.

Yes, it is possible to have both DBS (Deep brain Stimulator) as well as VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator) implanted in the same patient. These 2 devices do not appear to interfere with each other when present in the same patient, so the functioning of these devices is not affected due to the presence of the other device in the body.

You may please refer the following articles of a patient who had both DBS & VNS implanted;

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