Reconstruction of a 4-cm Human Median Nerve Gap by Including an Autogenous Nerve Slice in a Bioabsorbable Nerve Conduit: Case Report

Virginia Hung, A. Lee Dellon

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Abstract

Nerve gaps up to 3 cm in length can be reconstructed in the human with a bioabsorbable nerve conduit; however, nerve gaps greater than 3 cm have not been reconstructible in animal models unless a neurotrophic factor, like cultured Schwann cells, was added to the nerve conduit. It is the purpose of this article to present the result of human nerve regeneration across a 4-cm nerve gap in the median nerve at the wrist when a slice of autogenous normal nerve was placed into the middle of a bioabsorbable nerve conduit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-315
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Conduit
  • Schwann cell
  • nerve
  • nerve growth factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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