Deep Brain Stimulation System for Better Treatment of Movement-Related Disorders

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Michael S. Okun
Kelly D. Foote
Mark Rogers Davidson
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Zahara M. Jaffer
Assistant Director 352-392-8929
Patent Protection
US Patent 9,610,437

Treats a Variety of Disorders Such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Various Tremors

This deep brain stimulation offers therapy for disorders of the human central nervous system that are the result of abnormal brain activity. These movement-related disorders have traditionally been treated by non-reversible brain surgery. Recently deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy has emerged as an attractive alternative due to reversibility and adjustability of treatment over time and has been successful in alleviating the effects of Parkinson’s disease, muscle tone and other tremor disorders. University of Florida neurologists have created a method of deep brain stimulation treatment for the movement-related disorders; it targets multiple areas of the brain, providing greater effectiveness than available methods.

Applications

Treatment of movement-related disorders.

Advantages

  • Targets multiple areas of the brain increasing overall efficiency of Deep Brain Stimulation treatment
  • Enables the neurologist to customize the treatment based on the patients response to achieve maximum impact for each patient
  • Provides potential treatment for a wide range of movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and various tremors offering multiple market applications

Technology

Whereas current Deep Brain Stimulation systems use only one lead, this system uses two for better control of complex disorders that involve multiple areas of the brain. At least one of the leads is positioned within a region of the brain associated with a movement-related disorder. Using this system, UF neurologists treated a young man with a 16-year history of Holmes tremor so debilitating that it prevented him from going to school and work. By targeting multiple areas of the brain, this system achieved successful results, which enabled the patient to obtain gainful employment. Using this system, effective therapy can be achieved, depending on the subject’s response, by varying the stimulation to optimize treatment. Furthermore, this invention can use any electrode or electrical lead suitable for DBS therapy, and thus does not require new or specialized equipment.

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