JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, vol.99, no.1, pp.180-185, 2003 (SCI-Expanded)
After a few reports on end-to-side nerve repair at the beginning of the last century, the technique was put aside until its recent reintroduction. The authors present their results in three patients with median nerve defects that were between 15 and 22 cm long and treated using end-to-side median-to-ulnar neurorrhaphy through an epineurial window. The follow-up times were between 32 and 38 months. Sensory evaluation involved superficial touch, pinprick, and two-point discrimination tests. Motor evaluation was completed by assessing the presence of opposition and by palpating the abductor pollicis brevis muscle. Sensory recovery was observed in all patients in the median nerve dermatome, and motor recovery was absent, except in Case 1. End-to-side nerve repair can be a viable alternative to nerve grafting in patients with long gaps between the ends of the injured nerve.