vagus nerve stimulation

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vagus nerve stimulation

Psychiatry Electroconvulsive therapy
in which a pacemaker-like device stimulates the vagus nerve. See Electroconvulsive therapy.
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vagus nerve stimulation

A treatment for seizures and treatment-resistant depression in which a generator sends electrical impulses along the left vagus nerve. The impulse generator is typically inserted under the clavicle on the left side of the chest during a brief surgical procedure. The device is set to generate electrical impulses of appropriate amplitude, frequency, and pulse width to control a patient's symptoms.
See also: stimulation
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