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Device shows promise for victims of spinal chord injury

At the Indiana School of Medicine, researchers have implanted a device called an oscillating field stimulator (OFS) into 10 subjects who had total motor and sensory spinal cord injury within 18 days prior to the device implant. The device was hoped to promote regeneration of nerve fibers and hence the patient may be able recover some function. All of the subjects noted an improvement at 6 months and 1 year but the level of improvement varied from patient to patient. Two patients recovered some functioning of their lower extremities with one man having his sexual function restored. Inserting the device requires two invasive surgeries but the results prove that the device may be worthwhile. The device was only implanted for 15 weeks but the improvements were long lasting. The greatest sensation improvement occurred at the injury site where nerve regeneration had begun.

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About: Device shows promise for victims of spinal chord injury

Date: 10 January 2005

Source: Medical News Today


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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Research
  • Research and loss of sensation
  • Research and loss of sexual function
  • Research and loss of function of lower extremities
  • Research and paraplegia
  • Research and spinal cord injury
  • Surgery
  • Surgery and loss of sensation
  • Surgery and loss of sexual function
  • Surgery and loss of function of lower extremities
  • Surgery and paraplegia
  • Surgery and spinal cord injury

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