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Skull-Mounted Electrical Stimulation System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019827D
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-01

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A system and method for applying electrical stimulation to the brain to treat headaches and neuralgia uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU), specifically an implantable signal/pulse generator (IPG) with one or more electrodes. The IPG is implanted in the mastoid area of the skull and communicates with at least one external appliance, such as a Behind-the-Ear (BTE) unit. In a preferred embodiment, the system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation. In closed-loop operation, at least one SCU includes a sensor, and the sensed condition is used to adjust stimulation parameters.