What is the role of vagus nerve stimulation in the treatment of cluster headache (CH)?

Updated: Jun 07, 2019
  • Author: Michelle Blanda, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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In 2017, the FDA approved a hand-held device to treat cluster headaches. [34] The non-invasive device works by transmitting mild electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve through the skin on the neck. Approval was based on 2 clinical trials (ACT1 and ACT2) showing that the device was more effective than placebo in reducing cluster headache pain. [35]


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