The first procedure to install a diaphragm pacing
machine was performed in the capital on August 6 on a 32-year-old Emirati quadriplegic.
Finally, current testing with Permaloc electrodes will facilitate technology transfer goals for an implanted system because this electrode is currently Food and Drug Administration approved for diaphragm pacing
in high-level SCI patients .
used anxiety as his muse in designing an implanted diaphragm pacing
system that replaces the bulky, noisy venilators quadriplegics use to breathe.
Called the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing
System, the device, which will be implanted by physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been designed to give patients more freedom and to help slow respiratory decline.
The manufacturer, Synapse Biomedical, based in Cleveland, is also testing the device--the NeuRx diaphragm pacing
system--in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Motor point diaphragm pacing
in patients with MDN/ ALS: long term follow-up of completed safety and feasibility study.
12 October 2010 - US Synapse Biomedical Inc said last Friday it has obtained a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation of the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing
System (DPS) as a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with a stimulatable diaphragm who are experiencing chronic hypoventilation and that it has now submitted for Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) approval.
The diaphragm pacing
system, the technology that allowed Christopher Reeve to breathe on his own, was first researched in VA labs for its clinical applications.
Laparoscopic motor point diaphragm pacing
stimulates contractions of the muscles that control breathing by use of electrodes attached to an external battery pack about the size of a television remote control.