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« on: December 24, 2018, 07:13:51 AM »

Model Number 102
Device Problem Adverse Event Without Identified Device or Use Problem
Event Date 04/02/2015
Event Type  Death   
Event Description
The autopsy finding were listed as clinical history of rett syndrome with a history of uncontrolled seizures, musculature atrophy of extremities, scoliosis; pulmonary congestion/edema; history that the decedent was found unresponsive in a prone position in bed. The conclusion was noted to be that the decedent died as a result of a seizure disorder associated with rett syndrome. The manner of death was listed as natural.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(6) 2015. The module performed according to functional specifications. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Analysis of the lead was completed on (b)(6) 2015. Note that the majority of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. The condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no discontinuities were identified.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the vns patient passed away. The funeral home indicated that the device was explanted by the medical examiner and would be returned for analysis. The medical examiner's office indicated that the autopsy is pending, but would be provided when completed. The explanted generator and lead were received for analysis. Analysis is underway, but has not been completed to date. No additional relevant information has been received to date.

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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2018, 07:15:04 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 02/22/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Reporter indicated via the manufacturer¿s implant card that the patient had vns generator and lead replacement surgery on (b)(6) 2013 due to ¿increased seizures¿, and that a new model 104 vns generator was ¿wasted, inserted, and removed¿ but not implanted at the surgery. Attempts for additional information and return of the explanted devices are in progress.
 
Event Description
Reporter indicated high lead impedance was observed for a patient at an office visit on (b)(6) 2013. Approximately two to three weeks prior to the office visit, the patient began experiencing dizziness, not feeling vns stimulation, and the patient's seizures were described as "different". The vns was disabled and x-rays were performed but will not be sent to the manufacturer. Vns diagnostics were last within normal limits in (b)(6) 2013. The patient had no known trauma and does not manipulate the vns. The patient is active is sports. The reporter feels the vns lead may be broken and causing the change in seizures, dizziness, and stimulation not perceived. No programming or medication changes preceded these issues. Surgery to replace the vns lead and generator is likely, but has not occurred to date.
 
Event Description
The explanted lead and generator were returned to the manufacturer on (b)(4) 2013 and are pending product analysis.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Event Description
On (b)(4) 2013 product analysis was completed on the lead. During the visual analysis of the returned 47mm portion quadfilar coil 1 appeared to be broken approximately 12mm and 14mm from the end of the cut inner silicone tubing. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on quadfilar coil 1 coil break (found at 12mm) and identified the area as having extensive pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with mechanical damage. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on quadfilar coil 1 coil break (found at 14mm) and identified the area as having evidence of being worn to the point of fracture which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with fine pitting. Flat spots and pitting were observed on the coil surface. During the visual analysis of the returned 58mm portion the (+) white electrode quadfilar coil appeared to be broken at the end of the abraded open / cut outer silicone tubing. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area as having extensive pitting and mechanical damage which prevented identification of the coil fracture type. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer and inner silicone tubes, most likely provided the leakage path for what appeared to be remnants of dried body fluids found inside the outer and inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 other discontinuities were identified. Product analysis on the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2013. Review of the data indicated that the pulsedisabled byte was set to a value that represents a vbat

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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2018, 07:16:01 AM »

Model Number 103
Event Date 02/01/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Review of programming history. Manufacturer reviewed x-rays of implanted device. X-rays reviewed by the manufacturer, no gross lead discontinuities visualized, complete pin insertion could not be verified.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient was scheduled for lead replacement surgery. The lead was replaced on (b)(6) 2013. The lead was received for analysis on (b)(4) 2013. Analysis is underway, but has not been completed to date.
 
Event Description
Generator analysis generator pa approved: (b)(4) 2013. In the pa lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than (b)(4), while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator¿s output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. Attempts for additional information have been unsuccessful.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Only a portion of the lead was returned for analysis which did not reveal any anomalies. Device failure is suspected in the lead portion not returned, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
On (b)(6) 2013, it was reported that diagnostics on this date indicated high impedance. It was reported that the patient fell in february and that was believed to be the cause. It was also stated that beginning in march, the patient began having an increase in seizure frequency and intensity. There have not been any other changes that could have been a cause to the seizure changes. The patient was last seen on (b)(6) 2012 at which time diagnostics were within normal limits. The patient's device was disabled, and the patient was referred for revision and x-rays. X-rays were reviewed: the generator and lead are visible with almost uniform brightness/contrast across the images. Placement of the generator is normal in the left chest pocket, and the feedthru wires appear intact. It cannot be confirmed that the connect pin is fully inserted inside the connector block. A strain relief bend is present and is placed per labeling. A strain relief loop is not present. Two tie-downs are also present, one of which is securing a strain relief bend as specified per labeling. Lead is present behind the generator. There are not any gross fractures or discontinuities in the lead. There appears to be a sharp angle near the header of the generator in a portion of the lead. The lead wires appear intact at the connector pins. On (b)(6) 2013, it was reported that this patient underwent generator revision on (b)(6) 2013. The lead was not replaced. The explanted generator was returned on (b)(6) 2013 and is pending product analysis.
 
Event Description
The lead analysis was completed on (b)(4) 2013. Note that a large portion of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing calcium, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, silicone and phosphorus. The condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no discontinuities were identified.

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2018, 07:17:20 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 07/01/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
The generator and lead were returned for analysis. Analysis of the generator was completed on 11/06/2013. The device performed according to functional specifications. Analysis of the generator in the pa lab concluded that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found. Analysis of the lead was completed on 11/12/2013. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, sulphur, aluminum and calcium. 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 pin 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.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device manufacturing records were reviewed. Review of manufacturing records of the lead confirmed all quality tests were passed prior to distribution. Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
It was reported that generator replacement surgery the surgeon inspected the lead and found that there was a calcified area on the lead. It was reported that the part of the lead that had the calcified area appeared to be cracked and damage. The surgeon decided to replace the lead also. The explanted devices are expected to be returned for analysis, but have not been received to date.

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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2018, 07:18:17 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 08/03/2010
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
It was noted that during a review of diagnostic history for an effectiveness check associated with a mfr investigation, the following generators were noted to have received an impedance measurement <600 ohms indicating the potential presence of a short-circuit condition. At the moment good faith attempts to obtain add'l info have been unsuccessful to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device malfunction is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the returned generator was completed. An end of service (eos) warning message was verified in the product analysis laboratory (pa lab) and found to be associated with the output being disabled by the pulse generator. Burn marks were observed on the pulse generator case, which indicated that the pulse generator may have been exposed to an electro-cautery tool during device explant. The reported eos allegation was duplicated in the pa lab. During the bench interrogation (at approximately 0. 5 inches between the pulse generator and the programming wand) the pulsedisabled and eos warnings were set. The pulsedisabled byte would not reset. Therefore, the system diagnostics and final electrical test could not be performed. The data in the diag accum consumed memory locations revealed that 119. 305% of the battery had been consumed. The post burn-in electrical test results show that the pulse generator module performs according to functional specifications, except that the c4 capacitor is out of specification. Based on engineering testing, this decreased capacitance condition is an expected event for an aged capacitor of the type used for c4, as the manufacturing test limits for c4 value do not take aging into account. This condition does not indicate a failure of the device or the component, and is not expected to have an adverse effect on battery longevity. A battery life calculation resulted in 0. 0 years remaining before the near eos flag would be set. An incomplete programming/diagnostic history (2. 5 year gap) indicates the estimation does not use all the data required to make an accurate estimation. Other than the noted events (pulsedisabled and c4), there were no additional performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator.
 
Event Description
Further information was received indicating that the patient underwent full replacement surgery on (b)(6) 2016. The generator was replaced due to end of service and the lead was replaced due to low impedance. The patient¿s vns system was tested upon connection of the new lead to the new generator and system diagnostics returned impedance results within normal limits with 1263 ohms. The explanted devices were returned to the manufacturer on 03/25/2016. Analysis of the returned generator is underway but it has not been completed to date. Analysis of the returned lead portions was completed and a condition was observed that could potentially contribute to the reported ¿low impedance¿ allegation. The bare and exposed conductive coils may be a contributing factor. During the visual analysis, abraded openings were observed on both of the inner silicone tubes. The quadfilar coils appeared to be bare and exposed in the areas of the abraded openings. Abraded openings were not observed on the outer silicone tubing. The slice mark found on the outer silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the outer silicone tubing. The abraded openings found on the inner silicone tubes and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed on the deposit observed on the inner silicone tubes and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium and calcium. With the exception of the abraded openings observed on the inner silicone tubes, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with those that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 evidence to support the ¿low impedance / short circuit condition¿ allegations.

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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2018, 07:19:56 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 01/22/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Additional information was received on (b)(6) 2013 reporting that the patient's mother indicated that vns therapy was not working properly for the patient which the physician attributed to the loss of vns therapy due to the high impedance. The physician reported that after the patient's generator replacement on (b)(6) 2012, everything was going well. Once the high impedance was observed at a follow-up visit, the mother complained that the vns magnet was not functioning as it was before and the patient]'s seizures were increasing in frequency and severity. The events began (b)(6) 2012. The physician believes the increased seizures frequency and severity, in addition to the magnet no longer appearing to function as before, was likely related to loss of vns therapy. With the therapy, the patient had seizure reduction around 20%. The length of the seizure and the reduction of post-ictal state was noticeable and was the most benefit from vns therapy. At the time of the high impedance, no further reduction in seizures was noted. No medication changes preceded the seizure changes, and the patient is reported to be adherent to the medication schedule. At this time medication doses have been risen, but the seizure frequency and intensity remains nearly the same per the physician.
 
Event Description
The physician reported that during a follow-up appointment for the vns patient, high lead impedance was found on system and mode normal diagnostics. The reported impedance value was greater than 10,000 ohms. The physician disabled the patient's device and ordered a x-ray of site the device implantation. The patient´s mother told the physician that the patient did not suffer any trauma or manipulation that is believed to have contributed to the high impedance. The patient previously had a generator replacement on (b)(6) 2012. No patient adverse events have been reported. Ap and lateral views of the chest and ap and lateral views of the neck were reviewed by the manufacturer. The x-ray film images were dated (b)(6) 2013. Due to the angle of the x-ray it cannot be confirmed whether the lead pin is fully inserted into the generator header. The feed-thru wires appear to be intact. The lead appears to be routed upwards to the left side of the neck. The electrodes are visualized in the neck and appear to be aligned. There is a portion of the lead behind the generator; therefore, this portion of lead cannot be assessed for continuity. Based on the x-rays images received, there are no gross lead fractures that can be visualized. However, the presence of an unpronounced lead discontinuity cannot be ruled out. Although surgery is likely, the surgery has not occurred to date.
 
Event Description
The patient had surgery on (b)(6) 2013. It was reported that during surgery the surgeon found a lot of fibrosis involving the generator and the route of the vagus nerve. Extraction of the generator was very difficult due to the fibrosis. After 30 minutes, the surgeon was able to remove the generator. The surgeon then loosened the screw of the lead pin from the generator. A generator diagnostic test was performed and resulted in results within normal limits. The lead pin was re-inserted, and system diagnostics resulted in high impedance again twice with impedance greater than 10,000 ohms. The surgeon suspects that fibrosis between the vagus nerve and the lead due to intra-operative findings. The surgeon removed a lot of the fibrous tissue but did not touch the nerve because the route of the vagus nerve was fibrosed, and it was difficult to assess. The patient had keloid tissue around the scar areas. The patient was put on corticoids in the area of the generator to prevent serious injury. He ordered a mri of the neck with the surgery findings and report of mri, the surgeon is referring the patient for lead replacement in another procedure. Neither the generator or lead were explanted/replaced. Although surgery may occur, it has not occurred to date. The high impedance was reported to have occurred about one month after generator replacement which occurred on (b)(6) 2012.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Manufacturer reviewed x-rays of implanted device. X-rays reviewed by the manufacturer, no gross lead discontinuities visualized.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Suspect medical device, corrected data: after review of additional x-rays, the suspect device is the generator. Suspect medical device, corrected data: after review of additional x-rays, the suspect device is the generator, so the initial report inadvertently reported the date incorrectly. Manufacturer reviewed chest x-rays of implant device. X-rays reviewed by the manufacturer, lead pin not fully inserted past the connector block of generator.
 
Event Description
Although surgery is likely, it has not occurred to date. The patient's family has elected to move forward with surgery.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Review of device history records performed. Review of the lead device history records confirmed all quality tests were passed prior to distribution.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Event Description
A mri was performed on (b)(6) 2013 per manufacturing labeling precautions, but the surgeon reported that the mri report was not conclusive for the report of fibrosis in the patient¿s neck. The patient is therefore being referred for surgery. Although surgery is likely, it has not occurred to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Date of event, corrected data: the supplemental report inadvertently reported the date of the high impedance being first observed incorrectly.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received indicating the patient's family is evaluating the patient's benefit to vns prior to referral for surgery. Normal and system diagnostics on (b)(6) 2013 resulted in high lead impedance (>10,000 ohms). The device was turned off on (b)(6) 2013. Another set of x-rays were performed. Ap and lateral view of the chest x-rays were reviewed by the manufacturer. Based on the x-rays images received, there are no gross lead fractures that can be visualized. However, the presence of an unpronounced lead discontinuity cannot be ruled out. Additionally, the lead pin appears to not be fully inserted in the generator header which is the likely cause of the high impedance. Attempts for additional information have been unsuccessful to date.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received that the patient had the vns lead replacement on (b)(6) 2013. The surgery came out ok and the high impedance was resolved. The explanted lead was returned to the manufacturer and product analysis was performed. During the visual analysis the returned 417mm portion the (-) green electrode quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 1mm from the electrode bifurcation. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the connector end of the (-) green electrode quadfilar coil break (found at 1mm) and identified the area on three of the quadfilar coil strands as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage and no pitting. The area on the fourth broken coil strand was identified as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, no pitting and evidence of a stress indu ced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture. Pitting and residual material were observed on the coil surface. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the electrode (mating) end of the (-) green electrode quadfilar coil break (found at 1mm) and identified the area as having extensive pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with mechanical damage and residual material. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. 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. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuity, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted except for the set of setscrew marks found near the end of the connector pin indicating the lead had not been fully inserted into the cavity of the generator at one time. Additional setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified. Based on the findings in the product analysis lab, there is evidence to suggest a discontinuity in the returned portions of the device.

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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2018, 07:20:58 AM »

Model Number 104
Event Date 07/09/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Additional information was received that product analysis was completed on the generator and lead. The pulse generator was interrogated at multiple orientations adjacent to the programming wand, with a one inch spacer between the pulse generator and the programming wand. The pulse generator interrogated at all orientations. In the pa lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator¿s output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications as defined in ets 28-0000-3300/2. The battery, 2. 952 volts as measured during completion of test parameter 7. 16. 10. 2 (measured diagvbat) of the final electrical test, shows a non-ifi condition. The data in the diagaccumconsumed memory locations revealed that 15. 884% of the battery had been consumed. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Note that a portion of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sulphur, sodium, magnesium and calcium. The condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. The resistance measurements taken during decontamination verified an electrical and mechanical contact between the generator and connector pins at one point in time. Continuity checks of the returned lead portions were performed, during the visual analysis, with no discontinuities identified. Based on the findings in the product analysis lab, there is no evidence to suggest an anomaly with the returned portions of the device. Note that since a portion of the lead assembly (body) including the electrode array section was not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead.
 
Event Description
It was initially reported that the patient was having her device explanted due to having pseudo-seizures and anxiety. The physician did not think the patient was a good candidate for vns therapy originally. Clinic notes dated (b)(6) 2013 reported that the patient¿s vns generator was checked and it appeared to be ¿malfunctioning. ¿ the physician reported in the notes that excessive stimulation was provided, and he was unable to program the settings down. Therefore, the vns magnet was taped over the device to disable the stimulation. The physician noted that it was desired to have the device explanted anyway, so she was referred for surgery. Previously on (b)(6) 2013, the patient asked to have her vns settings turned down. The physician turned the settings down to 0. 75 ma with the plan to turn it off at the next visit in two months. Patient was admitted to medical center on (b)(6) 2013 and discharged on (b)(6) 2013 due to recurrent seizures. Eeg confirmed that the patient does not have epileptic seizures. Attempts to the physician for additional information on not being able to program the device settings down have been unsuccessful to date. The patient was originally implanted with vns in 2001 but had generator replacement in 2010. The patient had generator and lead explant on 07/26/2013. The explanted products were received by the manufacturer on 08/01/2013. However, analysis has not been completed to date. The return product form indicated reason for explant was "patient desired. ".
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Review of device history records. Review of the generator device history records confirmed all quality tests were passed prior to distribution.

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 03:14:38 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 11/06/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2013. The device performed according to functional specification. Analysis of the generator in the pa lab concluded that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found. Analysis of the lead was completed on (b)(4) 2013. Note that a portion of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis of the returned 309mm portion the unmarked connector pin quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 87mm and 98mm from the connector bifurcation. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (-) unmarked connector pin quadfilar coil break (and identified the areas as having evidence of being worn to the point of fracture with flat spots, pitting and residual material on the coil surface. It is unknown if the breaks occurred while stimulation was present due to the absence of metal pitting on the broken coil wire surfaces. The abraded openings found on the outer and inner silicone tubes and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer and inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 other discontinuities were identified.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent generator and lead replacement due to high impedance. It was reported that the generator was programmed off after observing the high impedance. It is unknown if any trauma or patient manipulation occurred that could have caused or contributed to the high impedance. X-rays were not taken. The generator and lead were received by device manufacturer for analysis on 11/21/2013. Analysis is underway, but has not been completed to date. The implant card was received and indicated that the lead was replaced due to a lead break.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device manufacturing records were reviewed. Review of manufacturing records of the lead confirmed all quality tests were passed prior to distribution. Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 03:16:23 AM »

Model Number 102
Event Date 09/12/2014
Event Type  Injury   
Event Description
It was reported that the patient demanded the vns to be explanted. It was reported that the vns did not meet the patient's expectations and that the patient experienced shortness of breath during sports. It was reported that during sports the patient was disturbed when his colleagues saw the implanted device. Since the patient did not experience efficacy he wanted to be explanted. The patient underwent generator and partial lead explant (leaving electrodes). The explanted generator and lead portion were received for analysis. Analysis is underway, but has not been completed to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative

Event Description
Analysis of the generator was completed on 10/09/2014. The device performed according to functional specifications. Analysis in the pa lab concluded proper functionality of the pulse generator and that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found. Analysis of the lead was completed on 10/09/2014. Note that the lead assembly (body) including the electrode section was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. White deposits were observed on the connector boot. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, sulphur, zirconium and calcium. The condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, with no discontinuities identified.

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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2018, 03:17:40 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 03/07/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Follow up found that the patient went to the physician's office on (b)(6) 2013 and wanted the vns device turned back on. The physician has turned the device on to 0. 25ma and the patient is feeling some pain, especially when he turns his head to the right. The patient wants the device to remain on because he is having more seizures and is unable to get a replacement due to insurance issues. The patient also reports that he feels a pulling sensation to his neck when he turns his head to the right. The patient reports no seizures in august, but seventeen in september. The physician is aware of the manufacturer's recommendations to keep the device off, but has elected to turn it back on to a low setting.
 
Event Description
Additional programming/diagnostic history from the manufacturer's database was reviewed which confirmed the high impedance observed on (b)(6) 2013. It does not appear that the device was programmed off on this date, but there was no history following (b)(6) 2013.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient presented for follow up on (b)(6) 2013 at the neurologist's office and high lead impedance was observed. The patient was reporting discomfort in the neck when he turns her head to the left, when lifting things, but not during stimulation on-times. There was no specific cause for the high lead impedance, but the discomfort started about two months prior. Additionally, the patient did start working with his father about two months ago, which does include heavy lifting. There have been no drop seizures for the patient recently. The patient's father thinks that the lifting could be the cause, but the physician is not sure since he is a new patient. The device will be left on at patient's request since there are currently no adverse issues and increase in seizures. The patient is likely going for revision surgery due to the high lead impedance and believed related pain in the neck. The patient was referred for x-rays which were provided to the manufacturer for review. Ap chest and neck and lateral chest and neck x-rays dated (b)(6) 2013 were reviewed by the manufacturer. Based on the x-ray images provided, the cause of the high impedance could not be determined; however, a micro fracture or lead discontinuity in the portion of the lead that could not be assessed cannot be ruled out. Additional information received on (b)(4) 2013 indicates the physician states there is nothing obvious to be causing the pain. There are no interventions planned to date. The patient has not reported any complaints. Although surgery may occur in the future, it has not occurred to date.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2014. The generator performed according to functional specifications. During the product analysis there were no anomalies found with the pulse generator. Analysis of the lead was completed on (b)(4) 2014. During the visual analysis of the returned 30mm portion quadfilar coil 1 appeared to be broken approximately 1mm from the proximal end of the anchor tether. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area as being mechanically damaged with pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer silicone tubing and one inner silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer and one inner silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. Refer to attached eds sheet for additional information. With the exception of the observed discontinuity the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified. Te that since the (+) white and (-) green electrodes were not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient was seen by the treating neurologist on (b)(6) 2013. The patient's device was disabled at the visit due to a couple of reasons. The patient was experiencing discomfort in the neck (lead site). Per the patient, he experiences a "weird feeling" when he turns to the left. The patient and caregiver were unsure about if the discomfort was associated with vns stimulation when asked. The patient's device was disabled partly as a result of this. Additionally, the patient has been experiencing an increase in seizures over the past few months that are both above and below pre-vns baseline levels. The physician was still not sure the relationship of the increased seizures to vns because at the same time as the high impedance, the patient also had multiple changes in brand name medications, was switched to generic medications and also switched physicians and had a lack of care at one point. The physician thinks there are too many factors and decided to disable the device to have a better idea of the situation. Over the last few months, the seizures have been more than the patient is used to experience prior to vns. It was planned to switch the patient back to brand name medication, but no other interventions were planned at this time. Vns magnet mode was left on for rescue purposes if necessary; however, the patient stated that it does make his neck discomfort more pronounced when he swipes it. Due to insurance reasons, the patient has not been scheduled for surgery thus far. The physician was to re-evaluate the patient the following month.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received stating that the vns patient was scheduled for surgery. The patient underwent generator and lead replacement surgery on (b)(6) 2014 due to high impedance. During surgery, the surgeon noted a suture above the electrode and dark areas on the nerve at the initial lead implant site. The patient¿s generator was replaced and the replacement generator was tested with the existing lead. Diagnostic results showed high impedance (impedance value >= 10,000 ohms). The patient¿s lead was replaced and diagnostic results showed lead impedance within normal limits for the replacement devices. The explanted generator and lead have been returned to the manufacturer where analysis is currently underway.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Manufacturer reviewed x-rays of implanted devices. Review of manufacturer device history records performed. Review of manufacturer device history records confirmed all quality tests were passed for the lead prior to distribution. X-rays reviewed by manufacturer, no gross lead discontinuities visualized. Device failure is suspected, but has not caused or contributed to a death or serious injury.

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2018, 03:18:41 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 03/17/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
It was initially reported that the patient had high impedance at a recent appointment. The patient had a generator and lead replacement and the explanted products were returned to the manufacturer for evaluation. Product analysis is planned but has not been completed. X-rays were taken but have not been provided to the manufacturer for review. It was unknown if there was any manipulation or trauma. The patient has been having an increase in seizure and the magnet was not aborting seizures beginning two days before the high impedance was seen. No further information was provided regarding the high impedance.
 
Event Description
Information was received that the patients seizures has also changed in character in that they are more generalized convulsive events lasting 1-2 minutes than the partial events she was had been having previously. The physician also felt this was possibly related to the high impedance. Her medications were unchanged and her blood levels were solid.
 
Manufacturer Narrative

Event Description
Additional information was received that product analysis was completed on the generator and lead. In the pa lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator¿s output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. Magnet activations performed during output monitoring (at a distance of one-inch, spacer block, from generator), demonstrate the appropriate magnet output for the programmed settings. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Sem images of the positive coil show that pitting or electro-etching conditions have occurred at the cut end. The most likely cause for the observed pitting condition is that the generator was not programmed off at the time of explant (generator was still programmed to deliver an output, attempting to deliver therapy through an open electrical load ¿ cut leads). Abrasions were identified on the outer silicone tubing at multiple locations. The outer tubing had what appeared to be internal abrasions at multiple locations. The lead assembly has remnants of what appears to be dry body fluid inside the inner silicone tubing. No obvious point of ingress was noted other than the end of the returned lead portion, in which incisions were necessary to perform proper inspection of the coil. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds was performed and identified the deposits as containing sodium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorous, chlorine, and calcium. Upon visual inspection of the generator cavity no anomalies were observed. Two sets of setscrew marks were seen on the connector pin, providing evidence that proper contact between the setscrew and the lead pin existed at least once. Note that since the electrode array portion was not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead. Other than the above mentioned observations and typical wear and explant related observations, no other anomalies were identified in the returned lead portion.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Only a portion of the lead was returned for analysis which did not reveal any anomalies. Device failure is suspected in the lead portion not returned, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Describe event or problem: corrected data: the initial mdr did not report the change in seizures pattern that was known about and possible related to the high impedance per the physician at the time of the initial report only the increase in seizures were mentioned on the initial mdr.

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2018, 03:20:04 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 05/30/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device manufacturing records were reviewed. Review of manufacturing records confirmed there were no unresolved non conformances found with the generator and lead prior to distribution.

Event Description
Analysis of the lead was completed on 04/17/2014. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the connector end of the (+) connector ring quadfilar coil break (found at 63mm) and identified the area on three of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged with fine pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type and residual material. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. The remaining broken coil strand was identified as having the appearance of being melted, with re-solidified material (evidence of being melted at one time). Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the electrode (mating) end of the (+) connector ring quadfilar coil break (found at 63mm) and identified the area on two of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged with fine pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. The remaining broken coil strands were identified as having the appearance of being melted, with re-solidified material (evidence of being melted at one time). Pitting was observed on one of the coil melt areas. What appeared to be spatter was found on the quadfilar coil strand. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer and (+) connector ring inner silicone tubes most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer and (+) inner silicone tubes. For the observed (-) connector pin inner tubing dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside, there was no obvious path for fluid ingress other than the cut ends that were made during the explanted process. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. Refer to attached eds sheet for additional information. The melted appearance on some of the quadfilar coil strands appears to be related to the explant procedure. With the exception of the observed discontinuity, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified.

Manufacturer Narrative
New information changes the suspect device.

Event Description
It was initially reported that the patient had high impedance. Diagnostics were run and resulted in an impedance value of 5208 ohms which did not trigger the impedance ¿ high. When diagnostics were run again high impedance was seen and the impedance value was 5352 ohms. High impedance triggers at 5300 ohms. There was no reported trauma or manipulation. Diagnostics were within normal limits on (b)(6) 2012 with an impedance value of 2460 ohms. Follow-up indicated that x-rays were taken and per the physician it did not appear that the lead pin was fully inserted as it could not be seen past the connector block. X-rays were not provided to the manufacturer for review. Surgery is likely but has not occurred. No further information was provided. Review of manufacturing records confirmed there were no unresolved non conformances found with the generator and lead prior to distribution.

Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent surgery on (b)(6) 2013. It was reported that the lead pin was fully inserted into the generator header and was not the cause of the lead impedance. It was reported that the lead impedance was resolved with lead replacement and the generator was not replaced. The explanted lead was returned to manufacturer for analysis. Analysis is underway, but has not been completed to date.

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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2018, 03:21:10 AM »

Model Number 105
Device Problem Adverse Event Without Identified Device or Use Problem
Event Date 04/18/2015
Event Type  Death   
Manufacturer Narrative

Event Description
The explanted products were received on (b)(4) 2015 for analysis. In the pa lab, the generator output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator's output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. The battery, 3. 036 volts, shows an ifi=no condition. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Analysis on the lead is underway but has not been completed to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Suspect device udi: (b)(4). Corrected data: this information was inadvertently left off of initial mfr. Report.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the vns patient passed away on (b)(6) 2015. Follow-up with the physician¿s office revealed that the cause of death was believed to be sudep and not related to vns. The death was not witness and the patient was found cyanotic in the bathroom. The patient had a history of illegal substance abuse and compliant with aeds. No further information relevant to the event has been received to date.
 
Event Description
Analysis was completed on the returned portion of the lead. A majority of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. There appeared to be white deposits observed in various locations, which contained silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium and calcium. The condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no discontinuities were identified. Based on the findings , there is no evidence to suggest an anomaly with the returned portion of the device.

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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2018, 03:22:03 AM »

Model Number 101
Device Problem Insufficient Information
Event Date 07/02/2015
Event Type  Death   
Event Description
An analysis was performed on the returned lead portions. Note that the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed on the deposit observed on the unmarked connector boot and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. 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 an anomaly with the returned portions of the device. Note that since the lead assembly (body) including the electrode array section was not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead.
 
Event Description
An analysis was performed on the explanted generator, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator's output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. Analysis in the pa lab concluded proper functionality of the generator and that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found.
 
Event Description
It was reported that a vns patient died. No information is available to date regarding the circumstances around the patient's death. Review of manufacturing records confirmed that the lead passed all functional tests prior to distribution. The vns system was explanted postmortem. The explanted devices were received by the manufacturer; analysis of the devices is underway, but it has not been completed to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative

Event Description
Review of available vns device programming history by the manufacturer indicates that the device was switched off on (b)(6) 2006. The explanted device was received by the manufacturer as programmed off and analysis showed the battery was not depleted. There is no evidence from the available information the device was ever turned on again and the patient was most likely not receiving vns therapy at the time of the death.

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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2018, 05:20:49 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 10/18/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Initially, it was reported that the patient was underwent generator and lead explant due to being seizure free with medication. It was reported that the patient's generator had been programmed off for about 18 months for that reason. The patient requested that the device be explanted. The generator and lead were returned for analysis. Analysis of the lead was completed on (b)(4) 2013. Note that the electrodes were not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. The incision mark and abraded openings found on the outer silicone tubing, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the outer silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, sulphur and calcium. Abraded inner tubing openings were observed. With the exception of the abraded openings, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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, with no discontinuities identified. Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2013. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2018, 09:29:16 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 01/06/2015
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent generator and lead explant due to the high impedance. It was reported that a new vns system was not implanted at this time. The explanted generator and lead were received for analysis. Analysis of the generator was completed on 02/16/2015. The generator performed according to functional specifications. During the product analysis there were no anomalies found with the pulse generator. Analysis of the lead was completed on 02/18/2015. Note that the electrodes, plus one inner tube and quadfilar coil were not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis of the returned 314mm portion discoloration was observed on a portion of quadfilar coil 1 and the end appeared to be broken approximately 281mm from the end of the cut outer / inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be a greenish substance was observed inside inner silicone tubing 1 and quadfilar coil 1 appeared to be dissolved in this area. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on quadfilar coil 1 coil break found at 281mm and identified the area as being thin which prevented identification of the coil fracture type and evidence of electro-etching on the surface. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded opening and puncture marks found on the outer silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the outer silicone tubing. 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. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, zirconium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuity the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 other discontinuities were identified.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received on the patient's symptoms. The patient was experiencing dysphagia and hoarseness prior to being admitted to the hospital. The patient was then found to have left true vocal cord (tvc) paralysis. Due to a suspected abscess, the patient went into or for an incision and drainage procedure (found to be fluid collection not abscess). A lead fracture was then observed during the procedure with abraded insulation. The patient's neurosurgeon believes the lead fracture caused stimulation to surrounding neck tissue which led to necrosis and the fluid buildup. The neck fluid buildup is slowly resolving following vns removal. The patient is continuing to have hoarseness although dysphagia has improved. However, in his experience, the neurosurgeon believes tvc paralysis will likely be permanent due to nerve damage.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient was admitted to the hospital with a sore neck and vocal chord paralysis. Device diagnostics resulted in high impedance. The device was programmed off and the patient was referred for surgery for generator and lead replacement. No additional relevant information has been received to date. No known surgical interventions have been performed to date.

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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2019, 04:13:13 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 06/22/2012
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
On (b)(6) 2012, it was reported that a patient underwent total revision on this date and that the explanted devices would be returned to the manufacturer. The generator was replaced due to end of service, and the lead was replaced due to high impedance. A manufacturer's consultant also indicated that these physicians may not be willing to provide additional information. On (b)(6) 2012, the explanted generator and lead were returned and are currently undergoing product analysis. A returned product form received on (b)(4) 2012, indicated that the lead came out in pieces and the largest piece was returned. A battery life calculation was performed on (b)(4) 2012. The results indicated negative years to eri = yes. On (b)(6) 2012, it was reported that the physician would not provide any additional information regarding these events.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Analysis of programming history. Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Only a portion of the lead was returned for analysis which did not reveal any anomalies. Device failure is suspected in the lead portion not returned, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Product analysis for the explanted generator and lead was approved on (b)(6) 2012. The near end of service flag was set (n eos = yes) for the generator. The battery was partially depleted and determined to be the result of normal expected battery consumption based on the battery life analysis and electrical test results. The pulse generator module performed according to functional specifications. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Only a section of the lead was returned for product analysis. The lead's electrodes were not returned. Two tie-downs were returned with the lead. Two sets of setscrew marks were seen on the connector pin, providing evidence that contact between the setscrew and the lead pin existed at least once. One of the setscrew marks is located toward the end tip of the connector pin. Also, the connector ring has scratches most likely caused by the canted spring in the pulse generator header during insertion of the lead connector. The exact point in time when this occurred is unknown. Based on the location of the setscrew marks on the connector pin and scratches from the canted spring observed on the connector ring, it is believed that proper contact between the pulse generator "+" and "-" terminals and the lead connector respective contact points (connector ring and connector pin) existed at least once. The lead connector has partial detachment at the ring/backfill interface. The reason for this condition is unknown. No adverse effect was identified on the device performance as a result of this condition. Abrasions were identified on the connector boot. Abrasions were identified on the outer silicone tubing at multiple locations. White deposits were identified on the outer silicone tubing at various locations. The lead assembly has remnants of what appears to be dry body fluid inside the inner and the outer silicone tubing. No obvious point of entrance was noted other than the identified tubing openings and the end of the returned lead portion. An energy dispersive spectrometry analysis performed on a sample of the white deposits identified si, p, ca, na, and mg as the composition for the substance. The exact reason for the presence of the substance is unknown. The lead assembly was returned for analysis due to high impedance. The reported high impedance allegation was not verified within the returned lead portion. Note that since the electrode array portion was not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead. Other than typical wear and explant related observations, no anomalies were identified in the returned lead portion.

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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2019, 01:45:54 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 04/21/2012
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Good faith attempts were made and no further information was attained.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Type of report corrected data; omitted on initial report, 30 day report.
 
Event Description
Neurology reported that they had a vns patient with high lead impedance. A system diagnostic test resulted in 8393 ohms/limit/high. The patient had their generator replaced on (b)(6) 2012 and no diagnostics have been performed since that date. It is unknown if the patient experienced any trauma to the site. The patient did start to experience pain at the generator site a few days prior to this clinic visit when their vns activated. The site is aware to program their vns off. It is unknown if this has been done. The patient at this time has no surgery planned because they are seizure free. X-rays were received for review. Lateral neck and ap chest x-rays via disc and were reviewed. The generator is visualized in the left upper chest in a normal orientation. Filter feedthru wires appear to be intact and the lead pins appear to be fully inserted into the header of the generator. The lead body is intact at the lead pins. The lead body and electrode site were able to be visualized. The electrodes appeared to be possibly not be in alignment. It is possible the anchor tether is displaced, but cannot be visualized. There is lead behind the generator that cannot be assessed. A strain relief bend is present but not per labeling. The strain relief loop does not appear to be adequate. One tie-down is present but is within the loop. Most of the lead was visible and no obvious lead discontinuities or anomalies were identified. Some lead is behind the generator and this portion cannot be assessed. Based on the x-ray review, no obvious lead discontinuities or anomalies were observed in the x-ray images that may be contributing to the allegation of high lead impedance. It is possible there is an issue with the lead behind the generator that cannot be visualized or a lead break that cannot be seen on x-ray. Good faith attempts are underway for further information.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Manufacturer reviewed x-rays of implanted device. X-rays reviewed by manufacturer, no gross lead discontinuity visualized. Device malfunction suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent generator and lead replacement surgery on (b)(6) 2013. The generator and lead were returned to manufacturer for analysis on (b)(4) 2013. Analysis of the lead was completed on (b)(4) 2013. Note that the electrodes were not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis the (+) marked connector quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 246mm and 248mm from the connector boot. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (+) marked connector quadfilar coil break (found at 246mm) and identified the area as having extensive pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with mechanical damage and residual material. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (+) marked connector quadfilar coil break (found at 248mm) and identified the area as having flat spots on the coil surface with pitting and mechanical damage. Evidence of a stress induced fracture was observed, but determination could not conclusively be made on the fracture mechanism. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time, as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer and inner silicone tubes, most likely provided the leakage path for what appeared to be remnants of dried body fluids found inside the outer and inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuity, the condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no other discontinuities were identified. The abraded openings observed on the outer and inner silicone tubes have the potential for contributing to the painful stimulation allegation. Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2013. Although the septa were cored, but no bodily fluid remnants were observed in the header septa cavities, thus eliminating the possibility of a potential unintended electrical current path through body fluids. In the pa lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator¿s output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. The battery shows a non-ifi condition. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
New information received identified the date of event. Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received that the patient's device was disabled (b)(6) 2012. The patient after their device was disabled started to have increased seizures with the loss of therapy. The patient now wants to have full revision surgery. No surgery date planned at this time as the patient has broken ribs that need to heal first.

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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2019, 01:47:00 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 09/16/2012
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
(b)(4).
 
Event Description
An evaluation of data obtained from the generators memory revealed that a >25% change in system impedance was estimated to have occurred on (b)(6) 2012 (3235 ohms to 12832 ohms) signifying the start of the high impedance event. A high impedance warning message was first received during a follow up visit on (b)(6) 2012 during an interrogation of the patient¿s generator.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
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Manufacturer Narrative
Date of event, corrected data: the initial report indicated the event occured in (b)(6) 2013 however, a review of the generator data suggests that the high impedance was first detected on (b)(6) 2012. The information has been corrected in this report.
 
Event Description
On (b)(6) 2013, it was reported that high impedance was seen regarding this patient¿s device. Follow-up showed that the high impedance was first noted in (b)(6) 2013 at which time the device was disabled. The patient was inconsistent with follow-up. At the last visit, many months prior, diagnostics were within normal limits. Clinic notes dated (b)(6) 2013 were provided. The patient was seen after a long hiatus, and the mother reported that the patient was having more seizures. The patient was seen by a different facility two months prior and was taken off of vimpat. Monitoring of the vns device showed likely dislodgement of the leads. It was recommended that the device was disabled, and appropriate adjustments were made. Clinic notes dated (b)(6) 2013 indicated that patient was having more frequent seizures; however, the physician noted that there was a very unconvincing description of the individual instances: the patient had a right hand tremor, and the mother pointed to it indicating a seizure. It was noted that the patient was treated with a powerful combination of anticonvulsants, including a very high dose of banzel. However, dosing and choice of anticonvulsants remained constricted by the interventions of the patient¿s mother who believed that the medications were causing behavioral issues and overlooked the prominent mental retardation. There was no specific injury or manipulation, but this was possible given the patient¿s mrdd and occasional aggression issues. X-rays had not been taken. Surgery is likely but has not taken place.
 
Event Description
On (b)(6) 2013, this vns patient underwent a full revision. The explanted lead and generator were returned on (b)(6) 2013 and are pending analysis.
 
Event Description
An analysis was performed on the returned lead portions. Note that a portion of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. What appeared to be white deposits were observed on the outer silicone tubing. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, zirconium, silicone, phosphorus and sulphur. Refer to attached eds sheet for additional information. 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 pin 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 discontinuities in the returned portions of the device. The pulse generator was explanted/returned due to "prophylactic replacement". In the lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator's output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. The battery, 2. 963 volts as measured during completion of test parameter 7. 16. 10. 2 (measured diagvbat) of the final electrical test, shows a non-ifi condition. The data in the diagaccumconsumed memory locations revealed that 11. 067% of the battery had been consumed. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator.

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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2019, 01:48:01 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 05/02/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Analysis of the lead was completed on 10/23/2013. Note that a portion of the lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. The abraded openings 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. For the observed inner silicone tubing fluid remnants, there was no obvious path for fluid ingress other than the cut ends that were made during the explanted process. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, zirconium, sulphur and calcium. Refer to attached eds sheet for additional information. The condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no discontinuities were identified. Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2013. The decoder showed that the change in the impedance from 4819 to 13168 occurred on (b)(6) 2013. In the pa lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator¿s output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator.
 
Event Description
Clinic notes indicate that the patient has been referred to surgery for generator replacement. It was noted that the patient has showed a good response to vns therapy for 9 years and that the physician believes the patient should continue with vns therapy for optimal seizure control. Surgery is planned, but has not occurred to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Corrected data: new information changes the date of event. Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
On (b)(6) 2013 it was observed in the vns patient¿s clinic notes that high impedance was found and the patient was being referred for a vns generator revision. The patient¿s device was disabled on (b)(6) 2013, and they were referred for x-rays. On (b)(6) 2013 it was also noted that the patient experienced an increase in seizures. The patient's mother reported that the patient's seizures may have increased to having at least one seizure per week; typically lasting about 30 seconds and the patient's last grand mal seizure was six months prior to the (b)(6) 2013 office visit. The patient's mother further stated she was not sure if the generator was "functioning properly" which appears to be due to the patient experiencing an increase in seizures. During the review of the clinic notes, it was observed that the "mom states that when the magnet is used, the patient "makes a funny face and swallows hard. " the patient's mother did not indicate she believed the patient was experiencing pain or discomfort. The manufacturing records for the lead and generator was reviewed and device met all specifications prior to distribution. Good faith attempts were made to the physician and it was later reported that the no patient manipulation or trauma occurred that is believed to have caused or contributed to the high impedance. The increase in seizures was first observed in (b)(6) 2013. The increased seizures were below pre- vns baseline. The relationship of increased seizures and vns therapy was unknown per physician. No known contributory programming changes, medication changes, or other external factors preceded the onset of increased seizures. On (b)(6) 2013 x-rays were taken and the physician stated that the device appeared to be intact. However, x-rays will not be provided for review.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent genreator and lead replacement on (b)(6) 2013. The lead and generator were returned to manufacturer for analysis on (b)(6) 2013. Analysis is underway, but has not been completed to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device manufacturing records were reviewed. Review of manufacturing records for the lead and generator showed that the devices met all specifications prior to distribution. Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2019, 01:48:53 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 05/16/2013
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Lead analysis was approved on (b)(4) 2013. An analysis was performed on the returned lead portions. The lead assembly (body) including the electrodes was not returned for analysis; therefore, a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium, zirconium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. 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.
 
Event Description
Product analysis was performed on the explanted generator. ' results of diagnostic testing indicated that the battery status indicated ifi=no in the pa lab. The battery voltage was 2. 922 volts (not at ifi) as measured during completion of test parameter 7. 16. 10. 2 of the final electrical test. The data in the diagaccumconsumed memory locations revealed that 41. 839% of the battery had been consumed. Electrical test results showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. There were no adverse functional, mechanical, or visual issues identified with the returned generator.
 
Event Description
It was reported that a vns patient had a lead break and would be having revision surgery. The patient had full revision surgery on (b)(6) 2013. Good faith attempts were made for product return and at this time it has not been received. Good faith attempts are underway for further details about the reported event.
 
Event Description
An implant card was received on (b)(4) 2013 indicating that the vns generator and lead were replaced due to the models being out of date on (b)(6) 2013. The lead impedance measurement on the new implants were not indicated.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device available for evaluation, corrected data: the explanted device was returned; however, this was inadvertantly not included on previous mdrs.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device malfunction suspected but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Follow up found that on (b)(6) 2013, the patient was seen in the office and the physician had it noted that the lead was to be replaced, but there was no indication of why. The programming history was not provided and no further information was available.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Only a portion of the lead was returned for analysis which did not reveal any anomalies. Device failure is suspected in the lead portion not returned but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury. Age at time of event, corrected data: per follow-up with the physician, the high impedance was first observed on (b)(6) 2013. This report is being submitted to update the patient age at the time of the event. Date of event, corrected data: per follow-up with the physician, the high impedance was first observed on (b)(6) 2013. This report is being submitted to update this field.

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« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2019, 01:09:21 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 03/28/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device manufacturing records and available programming and diagnostic history were reviewed. Review of manufacturing records confirmed that the lead passed all functional tests prior to distribution. 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 reviewed by manufacturer, no gross lead discontinuities visualized. Describe event or problem, corrected data: the initial manufacturer report inadvertently did not include that x-rays were received that were pending review.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the generator was completed on 09/23/2014. The generator performed according to functional specifications. During the product analysis there were no anomalies found with the pulse generator. Analysis of the lead was completed on 09/23/2014. Note that the electrodes were not returned for analysis; therefore, a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis portions of the returned lead assembly appeared to be compressed and twisted and numerous abraded openings were observed on the outer silicone tubing. During the visual analysis of the returned 216mm portion quadfilar coil 1 appeared to be broken approximately 32mm and 36mm from the end of the cut outer / inner silicone tubes. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the quadfilar coil 1 coil break (found at 32mm) and identified the area as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with pitting. Determination could not conclusively be made on the fracture mechanism. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the quadfilar coil 1 coil break (found at 36mm) and identified the area on three of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with pitting on two of the broken coil strands. The remaining broken coil strand was identified as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, no pitting and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer and inner silicone tubes and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer and inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the vns patient visited the hospital due to an increase in seizures above pre-vns baseline levels. The physician reported that the event was related to vns stimulation. The patient¿s device was tested and system diagnostic results revealed high lead impedance (dc dc ¿ 6). The patient¿s device was not programmed off. X-rays and emg were planned but it is unknown it they have been taken to date. Patient manipulation or trauma is not believed to have caused or contributed to the high impedance. The patient had multiple seizure types that all increased. The seizure type, duration of the seizures, post-ictal period, and auras did not change. Review of the available programming and diagnostic history showed normal diagnostic results through (b)(6) 2013. No known interventions have occurred to date. Attempts for additional relevant information were made but have been unsuccessful to date.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received stating that the vns patient underwent generator and lead replacement surgery on (b)(6) /2014 due to lead discontinuity which was reportedly visualized near the lead pin. It was noted that the patient¿s generator was not fixed with a non-absorbable suture, so the generator may have turned while implanted. The patient¿s replacement device was programmed on to previous device settings. The explanted generator and lead were returned to the manufacturer where analysis is currently underway.
 
Event Description
X-rays were provided to the manufacturer on (b)(6) 2014. X-rays dated (b)(6) 2014 were provided to the manufacturer for further review. The generator appears in the left chest in a normal placement. The filter feed-through wires appear to be intact. The lead connector pin appears fully inserted into the generator connector block. The electrodes appeared to be placed in normal arrangement. Part of the lead was behind the generator and could not be assessed. No clear lead breaks or sharp angles were found in the parts of the lead that could be assessed. Based on the images provided, the cause high lead impedance remains unknown. No known interventions have occurred to date.

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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2019, 01:34:30 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 03/26/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Review of the available programming and diagnostic history. Describe event or problem, corrected data: the initial manufacturer report inadvertently did not include the review of the available programming and diagnostic history. Relevant tests/laboratory data, including dates, corrected data: the initial manufacturer report inadvertently did not include the review of the available programming and diagnostic history. Evaluation codes, including dates, corrected data: the initial manufacturer report inadvertently did not include the review of the available programming and diagnostic history.
 
Event Description
Review of the available programming and diagnostic history showed normal diagnostic results through (b)(6) 2011.
 
Event Description
It was reported that during generator replacement for end of service, high impedance (9225 ohms) was seen when the new generator was attached to the existing lead. It was reported that interrogation of the device prior to surgery was unsuccessful and the high impedance was not observed until the new generator was attached. The surgeon went to explant the lead and observed that the tubing was "stripped back and exposed down to the wire". The surgeon was unclear if any trauma caused the damage. It was reported that the patient was recently mugged which resulted in bruising; however, it is unknown if this may have caused or contributed to the high impedance. The lead was explanted (leaving electrodes) and a new lead was placed. Diagnostics with the new generator attached to the new lead were within normal limits (1556 ohms). The generator and lead were returned for analysis. Analysis of the lead was completed on (b)(4) 2014. Note that the (+) white and (-) green electrodes were not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis abraded openings were observed on the outer silicone tubing. During the visual analysis of the returned 292mm portion the (-) connector pin quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 282mm from the end of the connector boot. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area on two of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type, no pitting and residual material. The two remaining broken coil strands were identified as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage and no pitting. One of the broken coil strands was identified as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture. During the visual analysis of the returned 146mm portion the end of the (-) green electrode quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 31mm from the end of the abraded open / cut outer silicone tubing. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type and no pitting. Determination could not conclusively be made on the fracture mechanism. It is unknown if the breaks occurred while stimulation was present due to the absence of metal pitting on the broken coil wire surfaces. 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. The abraded openings found on the outer silicone tubing, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the outer silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities and abraded openings, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified. Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(4) 2014. The pulse generator module performed according to functional specifications. There was no condition noted during the product analysis evaluation that would suggest any anomaly with the device.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2019, 01:42:36 AM »

Model Number 302-30
Event Date 03/17/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the lead was completed on 04/22/2014. During the visual analysis the (+) white electrode quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 1. 5mm from the proximal end of the anchor tether. Scanning electron microscopy was performed identified the area as being mechanically damaged with pitting. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded opening found on the outer silicone tubing, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the outer silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy, provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. Refer to attached eds sheet for additional information. With the exception of the observed discontinuity, the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device manufacturing records were reviewed. Review of manufacturing records of the lead confirmed all quality tests were passed prior to distribution. Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
It was reported that device diagnostics resulted in high impedance and the patient was referred for surgery. The patient underwent generator and lead replacement on (b)(6) 2014. Pre-operative device diagnostics resulted in high impedance. The explanted generator and lead were returned for analysis on (b)(6) 2014. Analysis of the generator was completed on (b)(6) 2014. The device performed according to functional specifications. Analysis of the generator in the pa lab concluded that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found; however, during decontamination an elective replacement indicator was observed. Analysis of the lead is underway, but has not been completed to date. Further follow-up revealed that no patient manipulation or trauma occurred that is believed to have caused or contributed to the high impedance. Attempts to obtain additional information have been unsuccessful to date.

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« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2019, 01:13:38 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 06/02/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
Additional information was received that the generator and lead were returned to the manufacturer for evaluation. Product analysis was completed on the generator but has not been completed on the lead. In the pa lab, the device output signal was monitored for more than 24-hrs, while the generator was placed in a simulated body temperature environment. Results showed no signs of variation in the pulse generator¿s output signal and demonstrated that the device provided the expected level of output current for the entire monitoring period. The pulse generator diagnostics were as expected for the programmed parameters. In addition, a comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. The battery, 2. 945 volts, shows a non-ifi condition. The data in the diagaccumconsumed memory locations revealed that 14. 910% of the battery had been consumed. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received that product analysis was completed on the lead. Note that a portion of the lead assembly including the electrodes was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. The abraded opening found on the outer silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer silicone tubing. The slice mark found on the (-) unmarked connector inner silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the inner silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, chlorine and calcium. Refer to eds sheet for additional information. 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 discontinuities in the returned portion of the device which may have contributed to high impedance. Note that since a portion of the lead assembly including the electrode array section was not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead.
 
Event Description
It was reported that device diagnostics resulted in high impedance (> 10,000 ohms). It was reported that the patient was reporting an increase in seizures. It was noted that the patient suffers from drop attacks which are believed to be due to the high impedance. It was reported that the drop attacks are normally controlled with vns. There was no recent trauma and the patient did not manipulate the device through the skin. The patient underwent generator and lead replacement. The explanted devices are expected to be returned for analysis, but have not been received to date.

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« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2019, 01:14:28 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 06/02/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
It was reported that device diagnostics resulted in high impedance. It was reported that x-rays were taken and did not identify any lead discontinuity; however, a portion of the lead was not visible. The patient was seen again and subsequent device diagnostics resulted in high impedance (dc dc code - 7). The device was programmed off and the patient was referred for surgery. No surgical intervention has been performed to date.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
The explanted lead and generator were received for analysis. Analysis of the generator was completed on 01/07/2015. Analysis of the generator in the pa lab concluded that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found. Analysis of the lead was completed on 01/09/2015. During the visual analysis the (+) connector ring quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 233mm and 241mm from the end of the connector boot. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (+) connector ring quadfilar coil break (found at 233mm) and identified the area as having extensive pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (+) connector ring quadfilar coil break (found at 241mm) and identified the area on three of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with pitting on two of the broken coil strands. The remaining broken coil strand was identified as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, no pitting and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer and 1 inner silicone tubing most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer and inner silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed on the outer silicone tubing. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, zirconium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities the condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no other discontinuities were identified.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Follow-up revealed that the vns patient underwent generator and lead replacement surgery on (b)(6) 2014 due to high impedance. The explanted devices have not been returned to date.
 
Event Description
Additional information was received stating that the vns patient¿s device was tested and system diagnostic results revealed high impedance (dc dc ¿ 7).

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« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2019, 04:52:03 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 03/14/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
(b)(4).
 
Event Description
The explanted generator and lead were returned to the manufacturer for analysis. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Review of the as-received internal device data showed that the last 25% change in the impedance value was on (b)(6) 2014. Analysis of the returned lead is currently underway.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Date of event; corrected data: additional information indicates that high impedance event occurred at least on (b)(6) 2014.
 
Event Description
It was reported that pre-operative diagnostics for generator replacement surgery resulted in high impedance. It was reported that the patient's device was interrogated for the first time in several years. It was reported that both the generator and lead were replaced. The patient was in a motor vehicle accident in 2012; however, it was unknown if this contributed to the high impedance. An implant card was received indicating that the generator and lead were replaced due to lead discontinuity (>10,000 ohms) and near end of service. It was reported that the explanted devices were discarded by the explanting facility; therefore, no analysis can be performed.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the lead was completed on 10/09/2014. Note that the electrodes were not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis of the returned 88mm portion the (+) marked connector quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 13mm past the end of the torn connector silicone / inner silicone tubes. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area on three of the broken coil strands as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, pitting on two of the broken coil strands, no pitting on one of the broken coil strands and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture was observed on one of the broken coil strands. The area on the fourth broken coil strand was identified as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type and no pitting. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. During the visual analysis of the returned 170mm portion the (-) unmarked connector quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 2mm and 4mm from the end of the connector bifurcation. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (-) unmarked connector quadfilar coil break (found at 2mm) and identified the area on three of the broken coil strands as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, no pitting and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture on two of the broken coil strands. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (-) unmarked connector quadfilar coil break (found at 4mm) and identified the area three of the broken coil strands as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, no pitting and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture on one of the broken coil strands. The area on the fourth broken coil strand was identified as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type and no pitting. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. During the visual analysis of the returned 170mm portion the (+) marked connector quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 4mm from the end of the connector bifurcation. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage, no pitting and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture on three of the broken coil strands. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings and slice marks found on the outer silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer silicone tubing. The slice mark found on one of the inner silicone tubes and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the inner silicone tubes. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy - provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, potassium, aluminum, sulphur, chlorine and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 other discontinuities were identified.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.

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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2019, 04:59:04 AM »

Model Number 302-30
Event Date 08/14/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent generator and lead replacement. The generator and lead were received for analysis. Generator analysis was completed on 12/08/2014. A comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Analysis of the lead is underway, but has not been completed to date.
 
Event Description
Analysis of the lead was completed on 12/11/2014. Note that the electrodes were not returned for analysis; therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis the (-) connector pin quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 2. 5mm from the electrode bifurcation (and the coil appeared to be kinked). The (+) connector ring quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 3mm from the electrode bifurcation. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the (-) connector pin quadfilar coil break (found at 2. 5mm) and identified as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage and pitting. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the connector end of the (+) connector ring quadfilar coil break (found at 3mm) and identified the area as having evidence of a stress induced fracture (fatigue appearance) with mechanical damage and fine pitting. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded opening found on the outer silicone tubing, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids inside the outer silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed on the outer silicone tubing. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuities the condition of the returned lead portion is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin provide evidence that, at one point in time, a good mechanical and electrical connection was present. Continuity checks of the returned lead portion were performed, during the visual analysis, and no other discontinuities were identified.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
Clinic notes dated (b)(6) 2014 note that interrogation of the device showed high impedance and was verified with a second interrogation. The patient was referred for surgery. No known surgical intervention has been performed to date. No additional relevant information has been received to date.

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« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2019, 11:16:55 AM »

Model Number 300-20
Event Date 09/01/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
It was initially reported that the patient had high impedance at a recent appointment. The patient¿s generator was turned off and the patient was referred for surgery. The patient had a generator and lead replacement and the explanted products were returned to the manufacturer for evaluation. A comprehensive automated electrical evaluation showed that the pulse generator performed according to functional specifications. The battery, 2. 986 volts as measured shows an ifi=no condition. The data in the diagaccumconsumed memory locations revealed that 2. 444% of the battery had been consumed. There were no performance or any other type of adverse conditions found with the pulse generator. Note that a large portion of the lead assembly (body) including the (+) white electrode was not returned for analysis and therefore a complete evaluation could not be performed on the entire lead product. During the visual analysis of the returned 91mm portion the (+) marked connector quadfilar coil appeared to be broken approximately 238mm past the end of the cut / torn / connector silicone / inner silicone tubes. Scanning electron microscopy was performed and identified the area as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with fine pitting. Pitting was observed on the coil surface. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded openings found on the outer silicone tubing and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer silicone tubing. 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. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy ¿ provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing silicon, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum and calcium. With the exception of the observed discontinuity the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other 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 other discontinuities were identified. Based on the findings in the product analysis lab, there is evidence to suggest discontinuities in the returned portions of the device which may have contributed to the stated allegations of high impedance. Note that since a large portion of the lead assembly (body) including the (+) white electrode was not returned for analysis, an evaluation and resulting commentary cannot be made on that portion of the lead.

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« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2019, 01:07:37 AM »

Model Number 302-20
Event Date 10/21/2014
Event Type  Malfunction   
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure occurred, but did not cause or contribute to a death.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
Device failure is suspected, but did not cause or contribute to a death or serious injury.
 
Event Description
On (b)(4) 2014, product analysis was completed on the generator. An open can measurement of the battery voltage confirmed that the eri flag had been properly set; the battery was partially depleted. The partially depleted battery condition was the result of normal, expected battery depletion based on the battery life calculation, the electrical test results and the bench evaluation. Analysis of the generator in the pa lab concluded that no abnormal performance or any other type of adverse condition was found. Product analysis on the lead was completed on 12/3/2014 which confirmed discontinuity of quadfilar coil (unknown polarity) in the electrode region of the returned lead portions; also observed abraded openings of both outer and inner tubing in body region of lead. A portion of the lead assembly including the electrodes 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 41mm portion quadfilar coil 1 appeared to be broken approximately 18mm from the end of the electrode bifurcation. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the connector end of the quadfilar coil 1 coil break (found at 18mm) and identified the area on three of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type and no pitting. The remaining broken coil strand was identified as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with pitting and evidence of a stress induced fracture (torsional appearance) which most likely completed the fracture. Scanning electron microscopy was performed on the electrode (mating) end of the quadfilar coil 1 coil break (found at 18mm) and identified the area on two of the broken coil strands as being mechanically damaged which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with pitting. The remaining broken coil strands were identified as having extensive pitting which prevented identification of the coil fracture type with mechanical damage. It is believed that stimulation was present for a certain period of time as evidenced by the presence of metal pitting. Low magnification sem analysis of the quadfilar coil shows characteristics typical of a lead discontinuity which may include: material fracture, rough or pitted surface, thinned material thickness, electro-etching or material dissolution. The abraded open / cut and slice marks observed on the outer and inner silicone tubes and the cut ends that were made during the explanted process, most likely provided the leakage path for the dried remnants of what appeared to have once been body fluids found inside the outer and inner silicone tubing. What appeared to be white deposits were observed in various locations. Eds (energy dispersion spectroscopy -provides chemical or element identity/composition analysis) was performed and identified the deposit as containing phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, sulphur and calcium. Refer to attached eds sheet for additional information. With the exception of the observed discontinuity the condition of the returned lead portions is consistent with conditions that typically exist following an explant procedure. No other obvious anomalies were noted. The setscrew marks found on the lead connector pin 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 other discontinuities were identified.
 
Event Description
Clinic notes dated (b)(6) 2014 reported that the patient's device was unable to be interrogated due to "not-functioning. " the physician¿s office attributed the failure to interrogate to normal end of service which was substantiated by battery life calculation results of 0 years remaining until neos condition at that time in (b)(6) 2014. The notes also reported that the patient¿s seizures were ¿recurring. ¿ it was noted that sometimes the patient does not take her anti-seizure medication regularly. The patient was seen for surgical consult for generator replacement on (b)(6) 2014, and the surgeon was able to perform diagnostics at which time high lead impedance was discovered. The patient had surgery on (b)(6) 2014. Pre-operatively, system diagnostic test was performed and results were high lead impedance. After the generator was replaced, high lead impedance still was observed. Therefore, the lead was also replaced. After the lead was replaced, diagnostics were within normal limits. The explanted devices were returned to the manufacturer for analysis, but analysis has not completed to date.

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