Vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy in children

National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Record ID 32004000221
English
Authors' objectives:

This study aims to assess the current evidence on the safety and efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy in children.

Authors' recomendations: 1.1 Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy in children appears adequate to support the use of this procedure, provided that the normal arrangements are in place for consent, audit and clinical governance. 1.2 The procedure should only be undertaken by specialist paediatric epilepsy teams. 1.3 Almost all the current evidence on the efficacy of the procedure relates to reducing seizure frequency only. However the effect on quality of life remains uncertain. Future audit and research should include quality of life measures. Patients, carers and children should be informed about the unpredictability of benefit. Use of the Institute's Information for the Public is recommended.
Authors' methods: Overview
Details
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2004
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Child
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Vagus Nerve
  • Epilepsy
Contact
Organisation Name: National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Contact Address: MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NA, UK. Tel: +44 020 7067 5800; Fax: +44 020 7067 5801
Contact Name: nice@nice.nhs.uk
Contact Email: nice@nice.nhs.uk
Copyright: National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
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