Reversible sleep-related stridor during vagus nerve stimulation

Erik K. St Louis, Kevin Faber

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A 23-year-old woman without history of antecedent vocal, respiratory, or sleep disorders received vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy for refractory partial epilepsy and developed sleep-related stridor during the course of parameter titration. Reduction of VNS current during polysomnography completely eliminated stridor. We conclude that VNS may cause sleep-related stridor in rare cases, expanding the spectrum of known sleep-disordered breathing disorders associated with VNS therapy. Parameter adjustment during polysomnography may resolve nocturnal stridor caused by VNS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalEpileptic Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Breathing
  • Epilepsy
  • Polysomnogram
  • Sleep
  • Stridor
  • VNS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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