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First European Patients Enrolled in Largest Ever Randomised Controlled Trial of ITB Therapy(R) in Post-Stroke Patients With Severe Spasticity
Date:3/23/2010

TOLOCHENAZ, Switzerland, March 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- Spasticity Affects a Significant Number of Post-Stroke Patients, [1],[2],[3] and Many are not Adequately Treated by Standard Therapy [4]

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced the enrollment of the first European patients in the largest randomized controlled trial to date to investigate the benefits of ITB Therapy(R) (Intrathecal Baclofen) in post-stroke patients affected by spasticity. The announcement comes as the World Congress for Neurorehabilitation is taking place in Vienna, Austria.

The SISTERS study (Spasticity In STrokE Randomised Study) is expected to provide high-quality evidence on the efficacy of ITB Therapy, enabling healthcare professionals to make treatment decisions for post-stroke patients with severe spasticity who do not respond sufficiently to oral medication and physical therapy.

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