Evaluation of Rural Pediatric Patients with Intractable Epilepsy for Vagal Nerve Stimulation: A Telehealth Education Based Model
AffiliationThe University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
DescriptionA Thesis submitted to The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
AbstractVagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) has turned into the treatment of choice for pediatric patients with medically refractory epilepsy. It is non-invasive, has few complications, and has a significant impact on the frequency, severity, and duration of seizures. This project sought to answer three main questions. What are the epidemiologic factors that are significant (if any) for pediatric medically refractory epilepsy? What are the best outcome predictors for VNS implantation? And finally, is there a way to improve rural physicians’ decision making abilities when referring patients for evaluation of VNS implantation?