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    FDA approves NeuRx diaphragm pacing system for use in spinal cord- injured patients

    FDA approves NeuRx diaphragm pacing system for use in spinal cord- injured patients


    Developed by University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University and Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS) for spinal cord-injured patients who are dependent on ventilators for breathing. The light-weight, battery-powered electronic DPS allows patients to breathe and speak more naturally, while eliminating the need for a power source and concern over power outages.

    The system was developed over the course of 20 years through a joint research effort of physicians and engineers, primarily at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University and Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, all located in Cleveland. NeuRx DPS is manufactured commercially by Synapse Biomedical, Inc., based in Oberlin, Ohio.

    DPS gained national attention in 2003 when University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) surgeon Raymond Onders, M.D., implanted the system in actor Christopher Reeve. Dr. Onders is the director of minimally invasive surgery at UHCMC.

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    FDA OKs breathing device used by Christopher Reeve
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a medical device tested about five years ago on actor Christopher Reeve to help him breathe without a ventilator.

    The implantable device, called NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System and developed by Synapse Biomedical Inc. of Oberlin, Ohio, electrically stimulates the muscles and nerves that run through the diaphragm. It allows some spinal cord injury patients to breathe for at least four hours a day without a mechanical ventilator.

    Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down in a horseback riding accident in 1995. The "Superman" star received the experimental device in 2003 and could breathe off a ventilator for about 15 minutes while using it. He died in 2004.
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