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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A new hope for patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder

The U.S FDA gave its approval for Reclaim™ Deep Brain Stimulation under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. An Humanitarian use device is a device that is intended to benefit patients by treaing a disease that affects fewer than 4,000 individuals in the U.S. per year. 
OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors. The DBS of specific area of the brain, called ventral striatum,  may offer therapeutic promise for alleviating symptoms of OCD.
Dr Richter has  initiated approval process for performing this procedure at WJMC.

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