Nerve transfers for the restoration of hand function after spinal cord injury

Mackinnon SE, Yee A, Ray WZ (2012). J Neurosurg, 117(1):176-85 Read More

Abstract

Spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a significant public health problem. Despite advances in understanding of the pathophysiological processes of acute and chronic SCI, corresponding advances in translational applications have lagged behind. Nerve transfers using an expendable nearby motor nerve to reinnervate a denervated nerve have resulted in more rapid and improved functional recovery than traditional nerve graft reconstructions following a peripheral nerve injury. The authors present a single case of restoration of some hand function following a complete cervical SCI utilizing nerve transfers.

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Posted on July 6, 2012
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