Limitations of conduits in peripheral nerve repairs

Amy M. Moore, Rahul Kasukurthi, Christina K. Magill, Francis H. Farhadi, Gregory H. Borschel, Susan E. Mackinnon

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Nerve conduits have emerged as alternatives to autologous nerve grafts, but their use in large-diameter nerve deficits remains untested. We report four patients who underwent repair of large-diameter nerves using absorbable nerve conduits and discuss the failed clinical outcomes. The reported cases demonstrate the importance of evaluating the length, diameter, and function of nerves undergoing conduit repair. In large-diameter nerves, the use of conduits should be carefully considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-186
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Nerve conduits
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Peripheral nerve injury


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