Vagal nerve stimulator

Last revised by Pir Abdul Ahad Aziz Qureshi on 25 Nov 2022

Vagal nerve stimulators are an implantable device used to treat a number of conditions although the mechanism of action has not been completely elucidated. 

Vagal nerve stimulators are indicated in patients with 1:

The internal pulse generator is typically inserted below the left clavicle and the leads traverse towards the vagus nerve, typically the left, in the lower neck.

  • hoarse voice
  • throat pain
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain / paresthesias in areas supplied by the vagus nerve 

The differential is that of other implantable devices in the chest such as:


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