Selective stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve

M. Sahin, D. M. Durand

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The main objective of this study is to dilate the pharynx by selective activation of the lingual musculature through electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve. A flat-interface-nerve-electrode (FINE) with nine contacts was implanted on the proximal hypoglossal nerve trunk in a dog. The evoked electromyogram signals were recorded with wire electrodes from the genioglossus, geniohyoid, styloglossus, and hyoglossus muscles. Genioglossus or geniohyoid was activated selectively without significant activation of other muscles within a window of the stimulus current. A FINE design with a smaller inter-contact distance may be needed to selectively activate the remaining two extrinsic tongue muscles also.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1608-1609
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jul 23 2000Jul 28 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Biomedical Engineering


  • Electromyogram
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Upper airways


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