At Mayo, brain device offers hope for toughest epilepsy cases

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Rochester, Minn. — After nine years of epileptic seizures and no success stopping them, Sheri Finstad was ready to try an experiment.

In October, she came to Rochester, where Mayo Clinic doctors implanted a device in her brain designed to deliver mild electrical pulses and record the brain’s reaction.

It’s a stimulation therapy used typically to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Finstad, a 32-year-old social worker from Fargo, became one of two patients to try it for epileptic seizures after federal regulators OK’d an exemption.

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