Most of us with DBS don't want to consider the possibility of acquiring a DBS-related infection. On the one hand, we want to learn all the details as we assume that knowledge is power. On the other hand, sometimes we only want to know the bare minimum, realizing that knowledge can cause undue anxiety.
Thankfully, I haven’t experienced a DBS-related infection, but I have met a number of patients who have. It’s not fun, but fortunately it's usually not deadly. The following is what you need to know (or perhaps more than you need to know) about DBS infections.
Infectious Disease Specialist’s Perspective: What You Need to Know About Deep Brain Stimulation Infections
by Ryan Oyer, MD
This information is from the presentation made by Ryan Oyer, MD, Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Colorado, Presentation to the Bionic Brigade (Denver’s DBS Support Group) on March 9, 2012.
When do bacterial infections occur?
Bacterial infection occurs when pathogenic bacteria gain access to otherwise sterile body compartments and multiply.
What are the post surgical infection rates?
Although post surgical infections are common, there is not one central organization that maintains a database of infection rates. The “best guess” rates are as follows
• Deep brain stimulators (DBS)~5%
• Published range 0-22%
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