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Treatment of Autism by Electrical Stimulation and/or Drug Infusion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033715D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23

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Inventors:
Kristen N. Jaax Todd K. Whitehurst [+details]
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Abstract

Applying electrical stimulation to the brain and/or introducing one or more stimulating drugs to the brain is used to treat autism. At least one implantable system control unit (SCU) produces electrical pulses delivered via at least one electrode implanted in the brain and/or drug infusion pulses delivered via a catheter implanted in the brain. The stimulation is delivered to targeted brain structures to adjust the activity of those structures. In some embodiments, one or more sensed conditions are used to adjust stimulation parameters.