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World's First Deep Brain Stimulation Device Approved for Treatment of Psychiatric Condition in Europe
Date:7/14/2009

nd functional improvement in about two-thirds of patients and demonstrated that a majority of patients moved from a severe OCD rating at the start of the study to a mild or moderate rating at various follow-up points after device implantation.

The studies also highlighted the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to treating OCD with deep brain stimulation therapy.

Prof Nuttin, neurosurgeon at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium comments: "It is clear that for the best results a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist and neurosurgeon plus several other important specialties must be involved when selecting, treating and managing the long-term follow-up for a patient who undergoes deep brain stimulation for OCD."

OCD affects 2 percent of the population and it is estimated that for patients with chronic, severe treatment-resistant OCD, more than 1,000 patients per year could benefit from Reclaim DBS Therapy for OCD in Western Europe. Patients with severe OCD, as defined by a Y-BOCS score over 30, and who have tried at least three selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) without treatment success, may be considered eligible for Reclaim DBS therapy.

The neurostimulators used for Reclaim DBS Therapy are the same as those used to treat common movement disorders like Parkinson's disease and dystonia. However, because the area of the brain targeted for OCD is different, a unique DBS lead has been specially designed by Medtronic.

"Deep brain stimulation therapies were pioneered by Medtronic neuromodulation and to date, with more than 20 years of experience, 60,000 people worldwide have benefited from Medtronic DBS therapy for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia," said Karl Schweitzer, vice president for Medtronic's Neuromodulation business in Europe. "This approval marks the world's first steps into DBS for Psychiatric disorde
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