Sierra M. Farris

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective therapy for advanced Parkinson's disease patients. Successful DBS outcomes depend on appropriate patient selection, surgical placement of the lead, intact hardware systems, optimal programming, and medical management. Despite its importance, there is little guidance in reference to hardware monitoring, hardware(More)
BACKGROUND Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation is effective in reducing motor symptoms in appropriately selected patients with Parkinson's disease. We identified factors that contribute to poor outcomes during early, middle and late stages of stimulation management in a series of patients that were referred for troubleshooting poor outcomes. (More)
BACKGROUND Achieving optimal results following deep brain stimulation (DBS) typically involves several months of programming sessions. The Graphical User Interface for DBS Evaluation (GUIDE) study explored whether a visual programming system could help clinicians accurately predetermine ideal stimulation settings in DBS patients with Parkinson's disease. (More)
BACKGROUND Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in particular is highly effective in relieving symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, it can also have marked psychiatric side effects, including delirium, mania, and psychosis. The etiologies of those effects are not well-understood, and both surgeons and consulting(More)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective neurosurgical treatment for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) suffering from motor complications that are refractory to further medication management. DBS requires an invasive procedure of implanting brain electrodes while awake, followed by implantation of neurostimulators under general anesthesia.(More)
Objectives. We present a case report of a patient with complete lead wire fracture with approximately 3-mm separation of the wire fragments that had three electrode impedance measurements and therapy impedance measurement that would be consistent with an intact wire. Materials and Methods. Retrospective chart review. Results. The patient experienced abrupt(More)
Subthalamic (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective treatment for advanced Parkinson's disease. We present a patient with significant gait problems due to Parkinson's disease (PD) who underwent STN DBS. Gait worsened after surgery despite significant improvement in parkinsonian signs, due to underlying spasticity previously overshadowed by his(More)
BACKGROUND Describe a rapid assessment for patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus reporting worsening speech and/or gait problems. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 29 patients that had improvement in gait and/or speech within 30 min after turning stimulation off. Clinical data analyzed(More)