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Computer-controlled portable stimulator for paraplegic patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8361159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A six-channel lightweight, portable and computer-controlled stimulator for the functional activation of paraplegic patients is described. To enable programming of the various functions, the stimulator was designed to work in a remote-control mode hosted by an IBM PC or compatible computer, in addition to its normally used local mode. The stimulus parameters, including current intensity, stimulus frequency and pulse width, are individually adjustable and programmable for each channel. The power source is 12 V 500 m Ah-1, from 10 rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries, with a run time of 1.5 h for a load of 200 mA in four channels. Various training programmes for the activation of paraplegics in the sitting, standing and walking positions are described. The final design of the stimulator is based on experience gained from 25 patients, treated and evaluated during the course of development. Ongoing work including clinical, biomechanical and physiological studies is carried out to evaluate performance of the activated patients and to optimize stimulation.
J Minzly; J Mizrahi; E Isakov; Z Susak; M Verbeke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biomedical engineering     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0141-5425     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biomed Eng     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-09-28     Completed Date:  1993-09-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7906074     Medline TA:  J Biomed Eng     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center, Raanana, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Muscles / physiopathology
Paraplegia / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation / instrumentation*

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