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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1252-1253

Is transposition of deep brain stimulation device a solution in patients with recurrent skin erosions?


Department of Neurosurgery, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy

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Dr. Edvin Zekaj
Department of Neurosurgery, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan
Italy
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DOI: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_184_17

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Skin erosion and infection are common but serious problems in deep brain stimulation (DBS). They can lead to the removal of the entire DBS device and consequently stop the entire treatment. Of critical importance, therefore, is to find surgical solutions that allow to leave the complex DBS device in place when medical treatment fails in repeated skin complications, to allow continuing treatment in otherwise pharmacological refractory patients. We present a patient with repeated retro-auricular skin erosions, who failed to respond to surgical revisions and antibiotic treatment. However, instead of removing the DBS device as it would be general practice we succeeded with a right to left transposition of connecting cables to save the entire DBS system. There is lack of data on therapeutic surgical options in repeated skin complications. We propose the transposition of DBS device as possible solution for multiple skin erosions in DBS surgery.


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