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Deep Brain Stimulation Device

Deep Brain Stimulation Device:

A UK-based teenager, Oran Knowlson who has become the first person in the world to be fitted with a brain implant to help bring his epileptic seizures under control by using deep brain stimulation (DBS) device

  • Deep Brain Stimulation Device uses DBS, which is also utilised for movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s, and other neurological conditions.
  • The neurostimulator delivers constant electrical impulses to the brain to disrupt or block abnormal seizure-causing signals.
  • A 3.5 cm square, 0.6 cm in thickness, the device was surgically implanted in Knowlson’s skull and anchored using screws.
  • The doctor then inserted two electrodes deep into his brain until they reached the thalamus — a relay station for all the motor and sensory information.
  • The ends of the electrodes were connected to the neurostimulator.
  • The device was switched on after Knowlson recovered from his surgery. It can be recharged by a wireless headphone.
  • Epilepsy a condition that leads to recurring seizures, sees a person experience jerking of arms and legs, temporary confusion, staring spells, or stiff muscles. It is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.