Treatment of Pain and Autonomic Dysreflexia in Spinal Cord Injury with Deep Brain Stimulation
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2013 - 29 Sep 2014
MIAMI UNIV FL
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This project is a study of electrical deep brain stimulation DBS as a method for treating pain and autonomic dysreflexia in patients with chronic spinal cord injury SCI. It is collaboration between the University of Miami and the Miami Veterans Administration Hospital. The first year was taken up with obtaining regulatory approval consecutively from the FDA and from the IRBs of the two sites. In the second year report year, two subjects were recruited. The first subject, with a complete cervical C5 injury, underwent surgery and is now in the 20th week of the 52 week study. No serious adverse effects were observed, but pain has not significantly changed. Protocols FDA and IRB were modified to allow inclusion of lower thoracic injury. This should increase the rate of recruitment. The surgery for the second subject, who has an incomplete thoracic T10 injury, has been delayed until 5 November 2014.
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