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Appendix II: Troubleshooting Malfunctioning Neurostimulators

  1. Sam Eljamel2 and
  2. Konstantin V. Slavin3
  1. Sam Eljamel

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118346396.app2

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice

How to Cite

Eljamel, S. (2013) Appendix II: Troubleshooting Malfunctioning Neurostimulators, in Neurostimulation: Principles and Practice (eds S. Eljamel and K. V. Slavin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118346396.app2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Neurosciences, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, USA

Author Information

  1. Centre for Neurosciences, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118346358

Online ISBN: 9781118346396



  • infections;
  • loss of neurostimulator response;
  • narrow therapeutic window;
  • neurostimulators;
  • skin erosions


The response and proper function of any neurostimulator system is dependent on the following factors: (i) selection of the right patient; (ii) tailoring the right target to the right patient; (iii) tailoring programming to each patient; and (iv) continuing follow up and patient education. Anyone involved in implanting neurostimulation systems and follow‐up of patients with implanted systems knows well that despite adhering to the above four pillars of successful neurostimulation programs, neurostimulation systems often develop a problem that needs fixing. This chapter covers most of the encountered problems, such as loss of response, narrow therapeutic window, and skin erosions and infections, and provides some of the possible solutions.