Device and Method to Cool Nasal Cavity to Treat Headaches

Tech ID: ros000982

 

Introduction

Headaches are severely disabling and millions of people suffer from them. It is estimated that 3% of the general population have chronic headaches - more than 9 million people in the US alone.

Treatment options involve medications and recommendations to apply physical methods as supplement treatment options (such as dark, quiet environment and cooling packs).

Recently, there has been some interest in cooling the nostrils and nasal cavity to treat headaches.

 

Technology Description

Dr. Axel Rosengart from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center developed a single-use cooling bullet containing non-toxic coolant to cool the nostril and nasal cavity. The cooling capsule triggers a positive sensory reflex response to the brain leading to improvement of abnormally regulated cerebral vasomotor (brain arterial) tone which is thought to be the primary trigger factor for migraine headaches. The cooling is applied temporarily (i.e., 10 to 30 minutes) to the inside of either or both nostrils and nasal cavity.

 

Stage of Development

Concept

 

Advantages/Novelty

The proposed treatment solution is:

• Simple

• Non-invasive;

• Mobile;

• Inexpensive;

• Single-use or multi-use

• Easily storable; and

• Universally applicable.

 

Applications

The device as described aims at treating acute headaches.

 

Intellectual Property

• US provisional patent application filed.

 

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Device(s)
For Information, Contact:
Julien Brohan
julien.brohan@cshs.org
Inventors:
Axel Rosengart
Keywords:
Surgery