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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Implantation Device for OCD Treatment Approved

Medtronic Inc said on Tuesday it received regulatory approval in Europe for an implantable brain stimulator to treat patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Minneapolis-based company said the approval marks the first time a deep brain stimulation device has gained CE Mark approval for treatment of a psychiatric disorder.

The battery-powered device, implanted near the collar bone or abdomen and connected by wire to electrodes placed in the brain, received U.S. approval in February through a humanitarian device exemption. The designation allows treatment of a condition affecting fewer than 4,000 people a year.

link: Medtronic brain device for OCD approved in Europe | Science | Reuters


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