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Vol 4, No 3 (2007)
Review paper
Published online: 2007-06-11
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Vagus nerve stimulation - new promise in treatment-resistant depression?

Łukasz Święcicki
Psychiatria 2007;4(3):119-123.

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Vol 4, No 3 (2007)
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Published online: 2007-06-11

Abstract

This article presents the most recent data on efficacy and safety of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in treatment- -resistant depression. Currently, there has been only one randomized, controlled study published in the medical literature. The results are not promising on the contrary to open studies results. This discrepancy may be due to poor short-term and good long-term efficacy of VNS. Available data shows, that VNS is safe and generally well tolerated, however there has been one case of suicide and cases of phase change (depressive to manic) in people treated with VNS.

Abstract

This article presents the most recent data on efficacy and safety of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in treatment- -resistant depression. Currently, there has been only one randomized, controlled study published in the medical literature. The results are not promising on the contrary to open studies results. This discrepancy may be due to poor short-term and good long-term efficacy of VNS. Available data shows, that VNS is safe and generally well tolerated, however there has been one case of suicide and cases of phase change (depressive to manic) in people treated with VNS.
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Keywords

vagus nerve stimulation; VNS; treatment resistant depression

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Title

Vagus nerve stimulation - new promise in treatment-resistant depression?

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 4, No 3 (2007)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

119-123

Published online

2007-06-11

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2007;4(3):119-123.

Keywords

vagus nerve stimulation
VNS
treatment resistant depression

Authors

Łukasz Święcicki

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