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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1992 Oct;15(10 Pt 2):1545-56.

Clinical experience with a helical bipolar stimulating lead.

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Cyberonics, Inc., Webster, Texas 77598-4135.


Over 100 patients have been treated for partial epilepsy using a NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis System (NCP). The NCP System is comprised of an implantable pulse generator, an implantable bipolar stimulating lead, and an external communication system. The lead delivers electrical impulses from the NCP Generator to the vagus nerve, and includes a connector end that plugs into the generator, a silicone insulated lead body, and the helical electrode array that attaches to the nerve. The surgical implantation technique has a significant impact on lead reliability and performance. The lead electrode has performed well to date. Modifications to further improve reliability have been implemented. Clinical experience, case history examples, and voltage measurements are examined. The lead electrode is an important component of the overall system and plays a significant part in the success of vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

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