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Latest Diaphragmatic pacemaker Stories

2014-02-10 11:10:49

System gained nationwide attention when University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Dr. Onders implanted stimulator in actor Christopher Reeve A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to independent respiration, where they could breathe on their own without the aid of a ventilator or...

2013-12-12 12:26:12

Matthew Kaufman, MD is Only Known Expert to Perform This Procedure SHREWSBURY, N.J., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Don Bird underwent phrenic nerve surgery with Dr. Matthew Kaufman in November 2011. After a steady recovery, according to his latest lung function tests, Bird has experienced a remarkable 70-80 percent improvement. The initial injury to Bird's phrenic nerve occurred during surgery for skin cancer when the 48-year-old Australian handyman was 17 years old. He...

2013-04-23 12:31:47

SHREWSBURY, N.J., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kurt Matthewson went out for his typical run one morning, and quite suddenly, felt shortness of breath and was unable to continue. When the problem persisted he went to a specialist, who administered tests revealing the left side of Matthewson's diaphragm was not functioning due to damage to his phrenic nerve, the nerve that controls function of the diaphragm muscle. The diaphragm muscle is the primary muscle involved in breathing. It...

2012-04-27 14:20:55

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- A surgeon for WVU Healthcare has implanted a diaphragmatic pacemaker in a pediatric patient, making West Virginia University's medical center only the second in the country to use this device on a young patient, after Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland.Meg Throckmorton, 16, of Waynesburg, Pa., received the device after sustaining a high cervical spine injury resulting in quadriplegia while practicing for a dance...

2009-11-25 14:58:27

Physicians at UT Southwestern Medical Center soon will begin implanting a new device designed to improve breathing in patients with upper spinal-cord injuries or other diseases that keep them from breathing independently. UT Southwestern University Hospital "“ St. Paul is only one of only two sites in Texas and one of 25 in the country currently equipped to implant the device, called the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System. The device is designed to give patients more freedom and to help slow...

2008-06-18 09:01:16

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a device that stimulates the diaphragm and allows some people to breathe without a mechanical ventilator. The FDA said the NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System, an implantable electronic device, is used by certain spinal cord injury patients to breathe for at least four hours a day without a ventilator. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis, which can impact the muscles of the chest and abdomen, including the diaphragm -- the...