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Deep Brain Stimulation System: Hardware Related Complications in Patients with Movement Disorders José Fidel Baizabal Carvallo, MD, MSc; Giovanni Mostile,

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1 Deep Brain Stimulation System: Hardware Related Complications in Patients with Movement Disorders José Fidel Baizabal Carvallo, MD, MSc; Giovanni Mostile, MD, PhD; Mike Almaguer, RN; Anthony Davidson, MS; Richard Simpson, MD, PhD; and Joseph Jankovic, MD Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas, USA

2 Disclosures of all authors: José Fidel Baizabal Carvallo: none. Giovanni Mostile: none Mike Almaguer: none Anthony Davidson: none Richard K. Simpson: Consultancies: Medtronic, Inc, Advisory Boards: Medtronic, Inc.Honoraria: Medtronic, Inc. Joseph Jankovic: Research Support: Ceregene, Inc; Diana Helis Henry Medical Research Foundation; Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research; Medtronic; St. Jude Medical.

3 Material and Methods Retrospective review all the hardware complications and reasons for surgical revision in a large cohort of movement disorders patients treated with DBS implants and followed at the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic (PDCMDC) at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston TX We sought to determine the frequency of each complication, timing after the implant, and clinical correlates

4 Cohort of patients who underwent a DBS implant from January 1996 to August 2010 Material and Methods 512 patients underwent 856 electrode implantation in 665 surgical procedures Most procedures (n=613) 92.2%, were done at the PDCMDC by one surgeon (R.K.S); while 52 (7.8%) were done in 18 different medical facilities. Follow-up: mean of 3.9 ± 2.8 years

5 Results Distribution by diagnosis: Parkinson's disease (PD): 297 (58%) Essential tremor (ET) : 127 (24.8%) Dystonia: 40 (7.8%) Other: 48 (9.37%) The distribution of targets (electrodes): VIM nucleus: 351 (41%). STN nucleus: 401 (46.8%). GPi nucleus: 97 (11.3%). Other targets: 7 (0.8%).

6 Results Hardware complications: 44 (8.6%) patients during the period of follow-up. The Complication rate per electrode: 56 (7%) of 856 electrodes. Patients with hardware complications: Age at DBS implantation: 57.6 ± 14 years (range: years). 68% were male. Complications (patients): Lead fracture: 13 (2.5%) Infection: 10 (erosion, 4) (1.95%) Misplacement: 10 (1.95%) Migration: 9 (1.75%) Other: 2 (0.39%) short circuit, CSF leak.

7 Misplacements and migrations n (%) Fractures n (%) Infections n (%) Other n (%) Totals n (%) Target (electrodes) STN (n=401) 10 (2.49)3 (0.74)6 (1.49)019 (5) VIM (n=351) 11 (3.13)9 (2.56)10 (2.84)2 (0.56)32 (9) GPi (n=97) 03 (3.09)2 (2.06)05 (5) Disorder (patients) Parkinson’s disease (n=297) 9 (3.03)5 (1.68) 2 (1.67)21 (7) Essential tremor (n=127) 9 (7.08)5 (3.93)3 (2.36)0 17 (13) Dystonia (n=40) 01 (2.5)001 (3) Other (n=48) 1 (2.08)2 (4.16)2 (4.1)0 5 (10) Results

8 By Target Total number of complications: VIM vs. STN DBS: 9% vs. 5%, OR: 2.06, 95% CI: 1.11 to 3.93; P= Fractures: VIM vs. STN DBS, 2.56% vs. 0.74% OR: 3.49, 95% CI: 0.86 to 20.17; P= Misplacements and migrations were observed only in patients with STN and VIM stimulation. By Diagnosis Patients with ET vs. PD: 13% vs. 7%, OR: 2.03, 95% CI: 0.96 to 4.2; P= Higher proportion of misplacements and migrations, and lead fractures in patients with ET compared to PD: 3.93 % vs %, P= A trend was observed when comparing the total number of complications between patient with ET and dystonia, 13% vs. 3%; P= Group comparisons

9 Box plots indicating the time distribution of hardware complications. P = 0.262

10 Electrode migration Secondary electrode migration Hardware complications

11 Lead fracture Electrode misplacement

12 Results Multivariate models with logistic regression. Independent variables: Age at surgery Gender Follow-up period Staged vs. simultaneous implantation Surgeon Anatomical target Neurological diagnosis Independent variables: Total complications Electrode misplacement + migration Lead fractures Hardware Infections

13 Causes Misplacements Frame calibration: 3 Migrations Meningioma: 3 Lead Fractures: Previous severe head trauma: 1 Infections (erosion) Diabetes mellitus: 1 Smoking: 0

14 Conclusions DBS hardware complications presented in 8.5% of patients, 7% of electrodes. The most common complication was lead fracture. The rate of complications distributed more frequently among patients with ET, and VIM DBS No significant different in the time distribution of complications was noted. The causes and risk factors for most complications are unknown. Comparisons among studies is difficult due to different surgical techniques, definition of complications, follow-up periods, etc.

15 Review of the literature Frequency of complications per patients: Misplacement/migration: 0 to 16.8% Lead Fractures: 0 to 15.2% Hardware infections: 0 to 15% Other complications Skin erosion Device malfunction CFS leak IPG Hematoma

16 Selected references Kenney C, Simpson R, Hunter C, et al. Short-term and long-term safety of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of movement disorders. J Neurosurg 2007; 106: Bhatia S, Zhang K, Oh M, Angle C, Whiting D. Infections and hardware salvage after deep brain stimulation surgery: a single-center study and review of the literature. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 2010; 88: Blomstedt P, Hariz MI. Hardware-related complications of deep brain stimulation: a ten year experience. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 2005; 147: Lyons KE, Wilkinson SB, Overman J, Pahwa R. Surgical and hardware complications of subthalamic stimulation: a series of 160 procedures. Neurology 2004; 63: Sillay KA, Larson PS, Starr PA. Deep brain stimulator hardware-related infections: incidence and management in a large series. Neurosurgery 2008; 62: Voges J, Waerzeggers Y, Maarouf M, et al. Deep-brain stimulation: long-term analysis of complications caused by hardware and surgery--experiences from a single centre. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2006; 77: Hamani C, Lozano M. Hardware-related complications of deep brain stimulation: a review of the published literature. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 2006; 84: Doshi PK.Long-Term Surgical and Hardware-Related Complications of Deep Brain Stimulation. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 2011; 89:


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