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lerosis. It uses Medtronic's SynchroMed Implantable Infusion System, which consists of a programmable drug pump connected to a thin tube, or catheter, to deliver precise amounts of a muscle relaxant called Lioresal(R) Intrathecal (baclofen injection) directly to the intrathecal space - the fluid-filled area surrounding the spinal cord, the drug's site of action. By targeting the spinal cord, ITB Therapy reduces spasticity with smaller amounts of medication than would be required orally. Intrathecal infusion, which bypasses the body's blood-brain barrier, also minimizes systemic side-effects.

ITB Therapy drug side effects are usually temporary and manageable by adjusting the dose. The most common side effects include loose muscles, drowsiness, nausea/vomiting, headache, and dizziness. Abrupt discontinuation of intrathecal baclofen, regardless of the cause, can result in high fever, altered mental status, returned spasticity, and muscle rigidity, and in rare cases has been fatal. Prevention of abrupt discontinuation of intrathecal baclofen requires careful attention to programming and monitoring of the infusion system, refill scheduling and procedures, and pump alarms.

Children should be of sufficient body mass to accommodate the pump. The safety and efficacy of ITB Therapy in pediatric patients below the age of four have not been established.

More information about ITB Therapy is available online at www.spasticity.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-856-3823. Other pharmaceutical treatments for spasticity include oral and injectable medications.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 28,
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