Good news for those with drug resistant epilepsy, according to the "journal Neurology articles ahead of print, Doctors DeGiorgio and colleagues from the Departments of Neurology, University of California Los Angeles and University of Southern California in Los Angeles, present a trial of trigeminal nerve stimulation for drug resistant epilepsy. Trigeminal nerve stimulation is a new stimulation technique designed for patients with epilepsy that have failed to respond to medications. This stimulation tool is a nonsurgical, noninvasive stimulator that has potential benefit for reducing seizures without a patient having to undergo surgery. This study tested the safety and effectiveness of trigeminal nerve stimulation device in patients with drug resistant epilepsy utilizing a randomized, double-blind design to test the suitability of treatment and assess side effects in preparation for a much larger study of the device. Of note, this device is already approved by the European Union and therefore this study is important for potential FDA approval in the United States."
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