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FDA OKs deep brain stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Medtronic

Posted Feb 20 2009 6:30pm

Medtronic is really making some moves into the “brain” department with devices of late.  This is the latest device and more information at the Medtronic website will tell when the product will actually become available.  Below are a couple links to recent posts along the same subject line.  BD

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Legendary Banjo Player's Brain Helped with Deep Brain Stimulation - The Brain Defibrillators are here

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a humanitarian exemption for the first implantable device to treat severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

The FDA said the Reclaim DBS Therapy device, manufactured by Medtronic Inc., delivers intermittent electrical therapy deep within the brain to suppress the symptoms associated with severe OCD. The device is intended to treat patients for whom more conservative therapies, such as medication and psychotherapy, aren't working.

The Reclaim system uses a small electrical generator to create electrical stimulation that blocks abnormal nerve signals in the brain, the FDA said. The battery-powered device is implanted near the abdomen or the collar bone and connected to four electrodes implanted in the brain. Two device systems may be implanted to stimulate both sides of the brain or one device may be implanted with two lead outputs.

FDA OKs deep brain stimulation for OCD - Science - redOrbit

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