Nerve regeneration enhancement by tourniquet

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The use of tourniquet compression as a non-invasive method to enhance axonal regeneration was assessed in the rat sciatic nerve. One hind limb of the rat was subjected to compression by a tourniquet set at 300 mmHg for 30 or 120 min followed by bilateral test crush lesions performed either directly or after a conditioning interval of 3 or 6 days, with the non-compressed side serving as a control. Axonal regeneration distances were evaluated after 3 days by the pinch reflex test. We found that compression caused an increased outgrowth length of sensory axons compared to the controls. The effect was most obvious after 120 min of compression with a conditioning interval of 6 days. Tourniquet compression has a conditioning lesion effect on peripheral nerve and may enhance nerve regeneration.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-351
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (British Volume)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Hand Surgery Research Group (013241910), Reconstructive Surgery (013240300)