LivaNova launches new vagus nerve stimulation therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy

SenTiva DUO

LivaNova has launched SenTiva DUO—an implantable pulse generator (IPG) with a dual-pin header intended to provide vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.

The dual-pin header distinguishes this latest IPG from the original SenTiva device, which is only available in a single-pin format. Now, with SenTiva DUO, patients described by LivaNova as “the pioneers of VNS therapy”, who were originally implanted with a dual-pin lead and IPG, can receive the benefits of the company’s latest VNS technology.

“This new offering enables those VNS therapy patients with legacy dual-pin systems to have the option to replace their device with SenTiva DUO, delivering the most advanced VNS therapy treatment without the need for lead revision,” said James Wheless (Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, USA). “Having access to SenTiva DUO offers patients therapy that can be customised and delivered automatically, providing optimal seizure control and enabling maximum adherence to treatment.”

SenTiva DUO offers the same therapeutic benefits as SenTiva. Both provide stimulation in response to rapid heartrate increases, which may be associated with seizures; allow day-night programming; offer scheduled programming; and log low heartrate and prone position events, according to a LivaNova press release.

“We are proud to offer SenTiva DUO to serve patients who were early adopters of VNS therapy many years ago,” said Damien McDonald, the company’s CEO. “Over time, all VNS therapy patients must replace their generators as batteries become depleted. Now, our ‘pioneer patients’ will be able to take advantage of the latest technology with SenTiva DUO and experience the full benefits of VNS therapy, without the need to replace their dual-pin lead.”

SenTiva DUO has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently available in the USA.


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