Double fascicular nerve transfer to the biceps and brachialis muscles after brachial plexus injury: Clinical outcomes in a series of 29 cases - Clinical article

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Abstract

Object. The clinical outcomes of patients with brachial plexus injuries who underwent double fascicular transfer (DFT) using fascicles from the median and ulnar nerves to reinnervate the biceps and brachialis muscles were evaluated. Methods. The authors conducted a retrospective chart review of 29 patients with brachial plexus injuries that were treated with DFT for restoration of elbow flexion. All patients underwent pre- and postoperative clinical evaluation using the Medical Research Council grading system. Results. The mean patient age was 37 years (range 17-68 years), and there was a mean follow-up of 19 ± 12 months (range 8-68 months). At the most recent follow-up, all but 1 patient (97%) had regained elbow flexion. Eight patients recovered Grade M5, 15 patients recovered Grade M4, and 4 patients recovered Grade M3 elbow flexion strength. There was no evidence of functional deficit in the donor nerve distributions. Conclusions. Study results demonstrated the reliable restoration of M4-M5 elbow flexion following double fascicular transfer in patients with brachial plexus injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1520-1528
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume114
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Double fascicular transfer
  • Musculocutaneous nerve
  • Nerve transfer
  • Neurotization

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