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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume117
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • Bypass
  • Hand
  • Nerve transfer
  • Peripheral nerve
  • Reinnervation
  • Spinal cord injury

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