Use of an intact sensory nerve to bridge a motor nerve defect: an experimental study

Tirelioglu S., Ozbek S., Ozcan M., Kurt M., Noyan B.

JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, vol.104, no.5, pp.804-809, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 104 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.3171/jns.2006.104.5.804
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.804-809
  • Keywords: nerve repair, nerve defect, end-to-side coaptation, neurorrhaphy, rat, TO-SIDE NEURORRHAPHY, AXONAL REGENERATION, RAT MODEL, REPAIR, REINNERVATION, REMOVAL, SHEATH, GRAFT
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Object. End-to-side neurorrhaphy has recently became popular for peripheral nerve repair. Although this method is mainly indicated in nerve defects in which there is an absent proximal nerve stump, bridging a motor nerve defect by coapting the proximal and distal ends of the defect to a neighboring mixed nerve in an end-to-side fashion has been another experimental use of this method. In this situation, however, the source of the regenerating axons is unclear because the axons in both the proximal end of the defect and the bridging intact nerve have the capacity for regeneration. The goal of this study was to identify the source of the regenerating axons.