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Abstract #0198

Evaluation of Infection Risk for MR Guided DBS Implantations in a Radiology Suite

Alastair Martin1, Paul Larson2, Nadja Levesque2, Jill Ostrem3, and Philip Starr2

1Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, United States, 2Neurological Surgery, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, United States, 3Neurology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, United States

Hardware infection incidence for DBS implantations performed in a diagnostic MR suite is reported. A total of 164 DBS procedures were performed in movement disorder patients resulting in six (3.7%) hardware related infections. Two infections occurred within the first 10 cases and led to a change in sterile practice. Over the last 154 cases four (2.6%) infections have been reported and all were associated with implantation of the IPG controller, which is done in a separate surgical procedure 1-3 weeks after DBS implantation. Infection risk when implanting DBS electrodes in a diagnostic MR suite is comparable to conventional OR procedures.

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