Scientific publications

The Reconstructive Management of Hardware-Related Scalp Erosion in Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson Disease

Jan 22, 2013 | Magazine: Annals of Plastic Surgery

Gómez R, Hontanilla B.
From the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.


The presence of foreign material in deep brain stimulation is a risk factor for infection, and hardware-related pressure under the scalp may cause skin erosion. The aim of this article is to present our experience in the coverage of scalp in relation to underlying hardware.

We analyzed 21 patients with Parkinson disease who had undergone deep brain stimulation surgery and developed scalp erosion with hardware exposition during follow-up. Nine patients were programmed for a scalp rotation flap, whereas free tisue transfer was performed in the rest of the patients. Minimum follow-up was 2 years. A hardware-related ulcer appeared in 5 of 9 rotation flap patients. No ulceration or major complications were observed in free flap patients. Free flaps are probably the best option for stable coverage in hardware-related scalp erosion with a high rate of success.

CITATION   2013 Jan 22