FDA Approves New Catheter for Intrathecal Baclofen

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FDA Approves New Catheter for Intrathecal Baclofen

September 14, 2012 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new catheter (Ascenda, Medtronic Inc) for use in the delivery of intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy.

According to the manufacturer, ITB therapy has been found in clinical trials to reduce the incidence of severe spasticity. The device is used to treat chronic, intractable pain and severe spasticity associated with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, and stroke.

During ITB therapy, an implantable, programmable pump (SynchroMed II, Medtronic) delivers a continuous baclofen injection (Lioresal Intrathecal, Medtronic) by way of the newly approved Ascenda catheter……

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http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/770947?src=nl_topic

 

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