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Electrical Stimulation of the Claustrum for Treatment of EpilepsyTechnology #013-021-koubeissi
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- Mohamad Z. Koubeissi, MD Department of Neurology, George Washington University
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Electrical stimulation of the claustrum/piriform cortex for treatment of epilepsyUS Patent Pending 2016-0206880
- Electrical stimulation of a small brain area reversibly disrupts consciousness Epilepsy & Behavior , 2014 Aug;37:32-5.
One third of people with epilepsy – around 1 million
in the US alone – do not respond to antiepileptic medications. Yet, existing technologies offer very limited
benefits in controlling seizures in these patients with pharmaco-resistant
The present invention presents a method for treating pharmaco-resistant epilepsy by deep brain electrical stimulation. This invention uses a closed-loop system to detect seizures and apply electrical stimulation to the claustrum to inhibit loss of consciousness or alternation of awareness. Alternatively, a simpler system with constant low frequency stimulation may also be effective.
The claustrum is a thin sheet of grey matter located deep in the brain, and is thought to play a main role in integration of conscious percepts. A recent clinical case study by the inventor showed that the claustrum may be involved in focal epilepsy by alteration of awareness that accompanies seizures.
The treatments are currently being tested on rats and preliminary results are very promising.
Treatment of Epilepsy
Provides therapy for
patients that do not respond to drugs