FDA has approved a device that allows some spinal cord-injury patients to breathe for up to four hours a day without a ventilator. The NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System is an implantable electronic device that works by stimulating the diaphragm. The diaphragm, a muscle located in the lower abdomen, is essential for breathing, but some paralyzed patients may not be able to control it.

June 19, 2008

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Diaphragm-Pacing Device Approved

The NeuRx, made by Synapse Biomedical, consists of four electrodes implanted in the muscle of the diaphragm that electronically stimulate contraction. It was approved on a Humanitarian Device Exemption, as it is not expected to be used on more than 4000 patients per year.

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