Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Dystonia

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Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Dystonia is used to manage the symptoms of dystonia. It has been designated a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) by the FDA and has been approved by the FDA under the Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) to aid in the management of certain types of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) dystonia. Brain stimulation involves the use of an implanted lead or leads to deliver electrical stimulation to parts of the brain to help control movement. Stimulation of these areas enables the brain circuits that control movement to function better. This may relieve the symptoms of dystonia. 

Humanitarian Device: Authorized by Federal Law as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable (drug refractory) primary dystonia, including generalized and segmental dystonia, hemidystonia, and cervical dystonia (torticollis), for individuals 7 years of age and older. The effectiveness of the devices in this kit for treating these conditions has not been demonstrated.

Contact Dr. Kaplitt: 212-746-4966