The results of nerve grafting in the wrist and hand

V L Young, R C Wray, P M Weeks
Annals of Plastic Surgery 1980, 5 (3): 212-5
To evaluate the usefulness of nerve grafting we studied 38 patients having 11 median, 7 ulnar, and 33 digital nerve grafts. Group funicular (interfascicular) grafting using magnification was performed in all patients. We followed 12 patients with 8 median and 5 ulnar nerve grafts for at least one year and 18 patients with 27 digital nerve grafts for at least six months. Medical Research Council criteria were used for evaluation of nerve function. Results in our patients and in previously reported patients having nerve grafting or repair were compared. Sensory function following ulnar nerve grafting was significantly better than that following nerve repair. Sensory function following median and digital nerve grafting was as good as that following nerve repair. Motor function following ulnar nerve grafting was as good as that following nerve repair. Previously reported patients having median nerve repairs or grafts had significantly better motor function than our patients.

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