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MAUDE Adverse Event Report: CYBERONICS, INC. BIPOLAR LEAD MODEL 300

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CYBERONICS, INC. BIPOLAR LEAD MODEL 300 Back to Search Results
Model Number 300-20
Event Date 07/17/2011
Event Type  Malfunction  
Event Description

A physician reported on (b)(6) 2012 that upon interrogation of a patient's model 104 generator, the physician received a warning about low output. The patient's output current was at 1. 0ma, so the company representative instructed the physician to turn the output current up to 1. 5ma. Normal mode diagnostics at 1. 5ma were performed and showed low output current, and then systems diagnostics were performed and showed high lead impedance. On the patient's previous visit on (b)(6) 2012, all diagnostics were reportedly okay. No patient trauma is suspected to have contributed to the high impedance. The patient did pick up a (b)(6) child in (b)(6), and the child wiggled around. The physician was unsure if this may have caused the high impedance. The physician does not suspect that fibrosis would cause the high impedance. The patient has not experienced an increase in seizures. The physician is requesting x-rays be taken of the patient's vns, but it is unclear if the x-rays will actually be taken. Therefore, the x-rays have not been received to date. The physician elected to keep the device programmed on because the patient is doing fine, and he did not want to stop therapy. Although surgery is likely, it has not occurred to date. No additional information was provided.

 
Event Description

The patient reported that she "does not like the magnet because it hurts. " however, the company representative followed up with the physician's office. The clinic notes were provided to him to review, and there was no mention of the patient experiencing pain with the magnet in the notes. In addition, there did not seem to be a recent change in magnet settings. Attempts for additional information from the physician's office were unsuccessful.

 
Event Description

The clinic notes and cover sheet were received from the patient's physician's office. It reported that the patient has been referred for surgical follow up regarding the "lead issues" and the fact that the leads have been implanted for about 12 years. Although surgery is likely, it has not occurred to date.

 
Event Description

It was reported on (b)(6) 2012, that the patient had x-rays taken in (b)(6). The ap and lateral cervical spine x-rays were later received by the manufacturer on (b)(6) 2012. The radiology report was also received which reported that the leads appeared to be radiographically intact. Due to only neck images being taken, the generator cannot be visualized, and thus, resulting commentary on pin insertion and feed-thru wires being intact cannot be assessed. The electrodes appear to be in alignment. There are no gross lead discontinuities or sharp angles present. However, resulting commentary on the area in the chest that is not visible cannot be assessed. In addition, the presence of an unpronounced lead discontinuity or discontinuity in the portion of the lead not seen in the provided x-rays cannot be ruled out. Therefore, there is no indication from the x-rays that would reveal the cause of the high impedance. Although surgery is likely, it has not occurred to date.

 
Event Description

Additional clinic notes were received for the upcoming surgery which has not occurred to date. The notes dated (b)(6) 2011, does not indicate any vns abnormalities or patient adverse events. The vns settings were changed, and there were plans to titrate the settings higher. On the next visit on (b)(6) 2011, it was reported that the patient was "doing somewhat worse since the last visit. " the husband reported that her seizures were slightly worse. He reported a total of eight bigger seizures in the past two months. Her milder, atypical absence episodes are just as long but less intense. There were no recent other changes in the patient's medical history. The patient's vns settings were still titrated up to prior settings, the output currents were increased on (b)(6) 2012. The patient was doing about the same on the (b)(6) 2011, visit. The notes indicated the patient was now reporting about 15-20 seizures in the last 10 weeks on (b)(6) 2012, and the patient was not satisfied with her seizure control. The vns settings were titrated up again. In the notes dated (b)(6) 2012, the patient reported 3 tonic-clonic seizures and four smaller seizures since the last visit. She reported improvement with the vns increase and no side effects, and she was somewhat satisfied with her seizure control at that point. She was doing better since the last visit. An increase in output current was attempted but the patient experienced coughing, so the pulse width was decreased. However, the device indicated high lead impedance from system diagnostics. The physician planned to leave the output current at 1. 0 ma with increased pulse width to 750usec. Attempts for additional information from the physician have been unsuccessful to date. Review of the diagnostic history revealed that a > 25% impedance occurred on (b)(6) 2011.

 
Event Description

Product analysis of the generator and lead was completed. Electrical test showed that the pulse generator was operating within specification. There were no adverse functional, mechanical, or visual issues identified with the returned generator. During analysis of the explanted lead, an abraded opening in the outer tubing was observed as well as dried body tissue on the positive electrode ribbon. Note that a portion of the lead assembly (body) was not returned for analysis; therefore, a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis of the returned 87 mm portion pitting was observed on the surface of the marked connector pin. The front portion of the connector boot appeared to be detached from the connector pin. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified evidence of pitting on the surface of the marked connector pin. A definite cause for the pitting could not be determined based on the lead portion returned. The abraded opening found on the outer silicone tubing, most likely provided the leakage path for what appeared to be remnants of dried body fluids found inside the outer silicone tubing. Of note, suture indentations were observed on the outer silicone tubing. Manufacturer labeling indicates to not use sutures on the lead body. For the observed inner tubing fluid remnants, there was no obvious path for fluid ingress other than the cut ends that were made during the explanted process. During the visual analysis, the (+) white electrode ribbon appeared to be embedded in remnants of dried body tissue. This condition may have prevented the electrode ribbon from coming in contact with the vagus nerve; therefore, contributing to the reported allegations. Other than observed pitting on the marked connector pin and tissue-covered (+) white electrode ribbon, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pins provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portions were performed, during the visual analysis, and no discontinuities were identified. Based on the findings in the product analysis lab, there is no evidence to suggest a discontinuity in the returned portions of the device which may have contributed to the stated allegations.

 
Event Description

It was reported that the patient had generator and lead replacement surgery on (b)(6) 2012. The implant card confirmed the date of surgery and indicated the reason for replacement as battery depletion with neos=yes and lead discontinuity. The explanted products were received by the manufacturer on (b)(6) 2012, however product analysis has not been completed to date.

 
Manufacturer Narrative

Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

 
Manufacturer Narrative

Manufacturer reviewed x-rays of implanted device. X-rays received by the manufacturer, no gross lead discontinuities visualized.

 
Manufacturer Narrative

Age at time of event, corrected data: the initial report inadvertently reported the incorrect date of the event, so the patient age was reported incorrectly. Date of event, corrected data: the initial report inadvertently reported the incorrect date of the event. With the additional information received, the patient's symptoms began around (b)(6) 2011 and the impedance began to increase as first captured on this day.

 
Manufacturer Narrative

Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.

 
Event Description

Follow up with the physician was performed which revealed that the patient's increased seizures were believed to be due to loss of vns therapy. The patient experienced coughing with attempted increase in vns settings. The increase in the patient's seizures in 2011, were still below pre-vns baseline levels, and there were no clear causal factors for the increased seizures. The patient experienced painful stimulation during vns programming changes on (b)(6) 2012. To prevent morbidity from seizures, the patient's background medication dosing was adjusted while waiting to address the vns issue, per the physician. No additional information was provided.

 
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Brand NameBIPOLAR LEAD MODEL 300
Type of DeviceBIPOLAR LEAD MODEL 300
Manufacturer (Section D)
CYBERONICS, INC.
100 cyberonics blvd
houston TX 77058 770
Manufacturer (Section G)
CYBERONICS, INC.
100 cyberonics blvd
suite 600
houston TX 77058
Manufacturer Contact
nydia herzog
100 cyberonics blvd
suite 600
houston , TX 77058
2812287200
MDR Report Key2493494
Report Number1644487-2012-00728
Device Sequence Number1
Product CodeLYJ
Report Source Manufacturer
Source Type Consumer,Health Professional,Company Representative
Reporter Occupation
Type of Report Initial,Followup,Followup,Followup,Followup
Report Date 03/12/2012
1 Device Was Involved in the Event
0 PatientS WERE Involved in the Event:
Date FDA Received03/15/2012
Is This An Adverse Event Report? No
Is This A Product Problem Report? Yes
Device Operator LAY USER/PATIENT
Device EXPIRATION Date10/31/2001
Device MODEL Number300-20
Device LOT Number29423C
Was Device Available For Evaluation? Device Returned To Manufacturer
Date Returned to Manufacturer10/03/2012
Is The Reporter A Health Professional? Yes
Event Location Other
Date Manufacturer Received10/18/2012
Was Device Evaluated By Manufacturer? Yes
Date Device Manufactured09/30/1999
Is The Device Single Use? Yes
Is this a Reprocessed and Reused Single-Use Device? No
Type of Device Usage Initial

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