Novel brain pacemaker first used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

At the University Regensburg, a patient with OCD was the first in the world to be fitted with a novel brain pacemaker, which not only sends signals to the brain, but can also read the brain’s signals and react to them.
The patient has been suffering from recurring obsessive thoughts for more than 20 years. Drug and behavioral therapy have been very unsuccessful.
Brain pacemakers have been used for about 10 years for the treatment of OCD.
The new pacemaker model is approved in the EU for deep brain stimulation (THS) in Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, primary dystonia, epilepsy and OCD and received CE marking in 01-2020. First of all a learning phase must be passed through. It can take up to 1 year until all electrodes of the pacemaker are correctly adjusted and the individually best signal constellations are found.
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