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    Female Paraplegic Patients Regain Function With Spinal Stimulation ESTAND Trail

    Two women with severe thoracic paraplegia achieved some degree of voluntary movement, bladder and bowel control, and ? for one of them ? orgasmic functionafter epidural spinal cord stimulation years after spinal cord injury (SCI), University of Minnesota researchers report.


    "To our knowledge, these are some of the first women with spinal cord injury who have been implanted," said David Darrow, MD, a fifth-year resident in neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "They are the oldest overall (both in their 40s), are the furthest out from their injury, and have severe MRI findings."

    Article: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/896098

    Article: https://www.newswise.com/articles/im...ith-paraplegia


    Pretty amazing stuff!

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    Hey pretty cool!!! hopefully this will go mainstream!

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    Can anyone get a copy of their slides? It says 2 women from a study but there's no information in the links about how many participants were in the study!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky831 View Post
    Two women with severe thoracic paraplegia achieved some degree of voluntary movement, bladder and bowel control, and ? for one of them ? orgasmic functionafter epidural spinal cord stimulation years after spinal cord injury (SCI), University of Minnesota researchers report.
    I'll have what she's having....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mize View Post
    Can anyone get a copy of their slides? It says 2 women from a study but there's no information in the links about how many participants were in the study!
    ESTAND TRIAL: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03026816

    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ProvidedDocs/16/NCT03026816/Prot_SAP_000.pdf


    Description of Study Agent:
    St. Jude Medical Tripole™ 16 Lead epidural stimulator paddle, extensionwire, and Proclaim™ Elite implantable pulse generator
    Study Duration: 5 years
    Participant Duration: 15 months

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    Thanks GRAMMY. I still can't determine how many of the anticipated 100 participants they've already implanted. I would love to have a real estimate for the percentage of SCIs that might benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mize View Post
    Thanks GRAMMY. I still can't determine how many of the anticipated 100 participants they've already implanted. I would love to have a real estimate for the percentage of SCIs that might benefit.
    David Darrow's email address is in there. Send him one! His phone number is also on the trial chart.


    • 22 years of age or older
    • Able to undergo the informed consent/assent process
    • Stable, motor-complete paraplegia
    • Discrete spinal cord injury between C6 and T10
    • ASIA A or B Spinal Cord Injury Classification
    • Medically stable in the judgement of the principal investigator
    • Intact segmental reflexes below the lesion of injury
    • Greater than 1 year since initial injury and at least 6 months from any required spinal instrumentation
    • Willing to attend all scheduled appointments

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    You can get on their participant registry database and learn more about this trial here https://www.estand.org/

    This is a great study if you can commit to monthly visits in Minneapolis for a year or two.

    Its pretty exciting to see results come out of this study that would not have happened without some great researchers and advocates that started the Minnesota Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program.

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