Thalamic stimulation to prevent impaired consciousness in epilepsy

Yale University
Blumenfeld, Hal

Although the primary goal of epilepsy care is to prevent and stop seizures from occurring, restoring conscious awareness in patients whose seizures cannot be stopped (by means of medication, surgery, or deep brain stimulation) could improve patients’ quality of life. Dr. Blumenfeld and colleagues plan to restore consciousness during seizures in people with temporal lobe epilepsy by bilaterally stimulating thalamic central lateral nuclei. The group will utilize the Medtronic Summit RC+S system, an investigational device that the team will integrate into the Epilepsy Personal Assistant Device (EPAD), which is a cloud-based application developed for data processing and storage, real-time analysis, and up-to-date closed loop stimulation.

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