Method and apparatus for treating oropharyngeal disorders with electrical stimulation

  • US 5,891,185 A
  • Filed: 11/10/1997
  • Issued: 04/06/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An electrical pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulator comprising:

  • at least one pulse generator for generating a series of electrical pulses;

    a processor coupled to said at least one pulse generator for outputting operation control signals to said at least one pulse generator;

    a switching network coupled to said at least one pulse generator and said processor, said switching network receiving the series of electrical pulses from said at least one pulse generator and outputting, responsive to switching control signals from said processor, the series of electrical pulses; and

    an electrode array coupled to said switching network for applying the series of electrical pulses to tissue of a pharyngeal region of a patient to achieve neuromuscular stimulation of the patient, and for generating electrical feedback signals in response to the neuromuscular stimulation of the patient,wherein the electrical feedback signals are provided to said processor via said switching network, andwherein, in response to the electrical feedback signals, said processor generates and stores test data and modifies the operation control signals and switching control signals.

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