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Fully Implantable Miniature Stimulator for Stimulation of Respiration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021843D
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-11

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Abstract

Microstimulators are employed which can stimulate both the phrenic nerve and, concurrently, other muscles that are used in respiration. The system and method enable improved simulation of normal respiration, as well as replication of coughing. The microstimulators can coordinate their stimulation of the diaphragm and other respiration muscles through a communication system linking each microstimulator. The use of microstimulators can also reduce surgical trauma associated with implanting large, conventional stimulators.