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1. WO2013173214 - STIMULATION OF A HYPOGLOSSAL NERVE FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A PATIENT'S TONGUE

Publication Number WO/2013/173214
Publication Date 21.11.2013
International Application No. PCT/US2013/040728
International Filing Date 13.05.2013
IPC
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
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
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
A61N 1/05 (2006.01)
A61N 1/18 (2006.01)
A61N 1/36 (2006.01)
CPC
A61N 1/0551
A61N 1/0556
A61N 1/3611
A61N 1/36139
A61N 1/36167
A61N 1/3787
Applicants
  • IMTHERA MEDICAL, INC. [US/US]; 12555 High Bluff Drive Suite 310 San Diego, CA 92130, US
  • LIMA, Marcelo, G. [US/US]; US (US)
  • MEADOWS, Paul, M. [US/US]; US (US)
  • BENKE, Jasper [US/US]; US (US)
Inventors
  • LIMA, Marcelo, G.; US
  • MEADOWS, Paul, M.; US
  • BENKE, Jasper; US
Agents
  • HEMMER, John, L.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP 1701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103, US
Priority Data
61/647,12215.05.2012US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) STIMULATION OF A HYPOGLOSSAL NERVE FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A PATIENT'S TONGUE
(FR) STIMULATION D'UN NERF HYPOGLOSSE POUR CONTRÔLER LA POSITION DE LA LANGUE D'UN PATIENT
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.
(FR)
Cette invention concerne une méthode permettant de contrôler la position de langue d'un patient, ladite méthode consistant à fixer au moins une électrode au nerf hypoglosse du patient, à appliquer un signal électrique au nerf hypoglosse par l'intermédiaire de ladite électrode pour stimuler au moins un muscle de la langue au point de réduire le nombre d'apnées obstructives du sommeil en le faisant passer d'un niveau initial à un niveau thérapeutique, et de réduire le nombre d'applications du signal électrique alors que le nombre d'apnées obstructives du sommeil reste généralement au niveau thérapeutique ou à un niveau inférieur.
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