Stimulation With Wire Leads to Restore Cough
The goal of this project is to implement an effective, more natural cough using a system that can be independently operated by the user.
About This Study
The purpose of this clinical trial is to determine if a new minimally invasive method of electrical stimulation of the expiratory muscles is capable of producing an effective cough, on demand.
The goal of this project is to implement an effective, more natural cough using a system that can be independently operated by the user. This program is for individuals with a cervical level spinal cord injury and secondary impaired or iniffective cough, due to paralysis of the expiratory muscles. The system can be programmed to provide cough of varying intensity – to best meet the particular needs of each individual.
Through a minimally invasive surgical procedure, 16 adults with cervical spinal injuries (C8 level or higher), at least 6 months following the date of injury, will receive wire leads placed over the surface of their spinal cords on the lower back to stimulate the expiratory muscles and restore cough.
Principal Investigators: Anthony F DiMarco, M.D.
Program Contact: Krzysztof E. Kowalski, PhD
Contact Number: (216) 957-3606
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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