Tubular repair of the median or ulnar nerve in the human forearm: a 5-year follow-up.

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Abstract

The long-term outcome from silicone tube nerve repair was compared with the outcome from routine microsurgical repair in a clinical randomized prospective study, comprising 30 patients with median or ulnar nerve injuries in the distal forearm. Postoperatively, the patients underwent neurophysiological and clinical assessments of sensory and motor function regularly over a 5-year period. After 5 years there was no significant difference in outcome between the two techniques except that cold intolerance was significantly less severe with the tubular technique. In the total group there was ongoing improvement of functional sensibility throughout the 5 years after repair. It is concluded that tubular repair of the median and ulnar nerves is at least as good as routine microsurgical repair, and results in less cold intolerance.

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  • Neurology
  • Surgery

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  • tubes, silicone, nerve repair, outcome
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-107
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (British Volume)
Volume29
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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