Neuromodulation 2013 Nov-Dec;16(6):600-2. Epub 2012 Dec 3.
Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
Background: Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene sheets have been successfully used as a biologic barrier in the treatment of pacemaker contact dermatitis.
Technique: In this report, we describe two patients with contact dermatitis related to the implantable pulse generator of a spinal cord stimulator who were treated with expanded polytetrafluoroethylene as a barrier.
Results: Resolution of the dermatitis was achieved in both cases.
Conclusions: This technique is an effective way of treating contact dermatitis related to implantable pulse generators, without the need for explantation of the neuromodulation system.