Vagus Nerve Stimulation For The Treatment Of Epilepsy

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

August 28, 2013

Last Updated Month/Year

June 26, 2023

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Document Objectives

To evaluate the evidence since the 1999 assessment regarding efficacy and safety of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) for epilepsy, currently approved as adjunctive therapy for partial-onset seizures in patients >12 years.

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Hospital, Outpatient

Intended Users

Occupational therapist, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Assessment and screening, Management, Treatment

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D004827 - Epilepsy


epilepsy, vagus nerve stimulation

Source Citation

Evidence-based guideline update: Vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of epilepsy Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology George L. Morris, David Gloss, Jeffrey Buchhalter, Kenneth J. Mack, Katherine Nickels, Cynthia Harden Neurology Oct 2013, 81 (16) 1453-1459; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a393d1

Supplemental Methodology Resources

Methodology Supplement, Evidence Tables