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|St. Jude Medical Announces European CE Mark Approval for Libra Deep Brain Stimulation Systems for Parkinson's Disease|
The Libra DBS systems function in a manner similar to a heart pacemaker by delivering mild electrical pulses from an implanted device to stimulate structures in the brain that are involved in muscle and movement control. Stimulation is delivered to one of two regions in the brain known as the subthalamic nucleus (STN) or the globus pallidus interna (GPi) to influence nerve cell activity in these regions.
"The approval of our first deep brain stimulation system represents the
fulfillment of a milestone for
The Libra and LibraXP neurostimulators are constant current devices that feature the largest battery capacity of any DBS device in their class, which may maximize the time between device replacement procedures. This therapy can be non-invasively adjusted by a clinician to meet individual patient needs.
"We have a long history in the development of neurostimulation therapies with more than 45,000 people implanted with our devices for chronic pain," adds Chavez. "We look forward to providing physicians with this innovative deep brain stimulation system that allows them to better control the symptoms of this debilitating disease."
Parkinson's disease affects an estimated 6.3 million people worldwide,
according to the
A recent study published in the
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