New DBS device for Parkinson’s approved for US patients

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Author: AdminPublished: 24 June 2015

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new implantable deep brain stimulation device (DBS) called the Brio Neurostimulation System.

Previously the Activa DBS Therapy System manufactured by Medtronic was the only device available to patients in the US.

Like the Activa system, the newly approved Brio system consists of a battery-powered rechargeable electrical pulse generator that is inserted under the skin of the upper chest and wires that lead to electrodes implanted in the brain.

The new Brio system is made by St. Jude Medical.

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