Recall of Device Recall Medtronic Activa Deep Brain Stimulation System

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Medtronic Inc, Neurological & Spinal Division.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Stimulator, Electrical, Implanted, For Parkinsonian Tremor - Product Code MHY
  • Reason
    A safety concern exists regarding the medtronic activa deep brain stimulation system instructions for performing mri (magnetic resonance imaging). medtronic's instructions have until now recommended a use of a displayed mri head specific absorption rate (sar) of not more than 0.4 w/kg. the recommended maximum displayed head sar is now 0.1 w/kg.
  • Action
    The firm''s recall consists of providing revised instructions for the Activa DBS. The revision modifies the recommended SAR to use during MRI of patients who have an Activa DBS. Use of the Activa DBS is otherwise unaffected by this recall. A Dear Healthcare Provider letter and MRI Radiologist letter were sent on 11/30/05 and 12/05/05 to provide this information.


  • Model / Serial
    All serial numbers and Lot codes are affected.
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide and OUS to includeCanada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Japan, Asia-Pacific, Australia - New Zealand, Latan America
  • Product Description
    Medtronic Activa Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system including the following system components: Model 7424 Itrel II Neurostimulator (DBS applications only); Model 7426 Soletra Neurostimulator; Model 7428 Kinetra Neurostimulator; Models 3387, 3389 DBS Leads; and Models 7482,7495 DBS Extensions. Medtronic, Inc. 710 Medtronic Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55432-5604, USA. The Medtronic Activa System is an implantable, multiprogrammable system that delivers electrical stimulation to selected areas of the brain. The Neurostimulator generates electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain. These signals are delivered from the neurostimulator to the brain via Extension and Lead. These components comprise the implantable portion of the Activa System.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Inc, Neurological & Spinal Division, 800 53rd Ave Ne, Columbia Heights MN 55421-1241
  • Source