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FDA Approves Deep Brain Stimulation System

JAMA; 2018 June 5; Voelker


The Food and Drug Administration has approved a deep brain stimulation system that has been shown to reduce seizures in a select group of patients with epilepsy.

  • Medtronics DBS System for Epilepsy has been cleared as adjunct treatment for patients with partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalization.
  • The system is only indicated for patients who have not responded to 3 or more antiepileptic drugs and who have experienced an average of 6 or more seizures each month for the last 3 months.
  • The FDA approval also stipulates that the patients’ seizures be no more than 30 days apart.
  • The DBS System includes a pulse generator that is implanted in a patient’s chest and 2 lead wires implanted in the brain.

Voelker R. Electrical stimulation for epilepsy. JAMA; 2018;319(21):2164.

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