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Skull-Mounted Electrical Stimulation System and Method for Treating Patients

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021554D
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-22

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Abstract

A system and method for applying electrical stimulation to the brain to treat epilepsy, movement disorders, and other indications uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU), including an implantable signal/pulse generator (IPG) and 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.