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1. US20150148860 - Stimulation of a hypoglossal nerve for controlling the position of a patient's tongue

Office United States of America
Application Number 14400733
Application Date 13.05.2013
Publication Number 20150148860
Publication Date 28.05.2015
Grant Number 09308370
Grant Date 12.04.2016
Publication Kind B2
IPC
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
N
ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY
1
Electrotherapy; Circuits therefor
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
N
ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY
1
Electrotherapy; Circuits therefor
18
Applying electric currents by contact electrodes
32
alternating or intermittent currents
36
for stimulation, e.g. heart pace-makers
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
N
ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY
1
Electrotherapy; Circuits therefor
02
Details
04
Electrodes
05
for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
A61N 1/00
A61N 1/36
A61N 1/05
CPC
A61N 1/3611
A61N 1/0551
A61N 1/0556
A61N 1/36139
A61N 1/36167
A61N 1/3787
Applicants ImThera Medical, Inc.
Inventors Marcelo G. Lima
Paul M. Meadows
Jasper Benke
Agents Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Title
(EN) Stimulation of a hypoglossal nerve for controlling the position of a patient's tongue
Abstract
(EN)

A method for controlling a position of a patient's tongue includes attaching at least one electrode to the patient's hypoglossal nerve, applying an electric signal through the electrode to the hypoglossal nerve to stimulate at least one muscle of the tongue at least until the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences are reduced from an initial level to a treatment level, and reducing the application of the electric signal while the number of obstructive sleep apnea occurrences remain generally at or below the treatment level.

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