An analysis of facial nerve function in irradiated and unirradiated facial nerve grafts.

@article{Brown2000AnAO,
  title={An analysis of facial nerve function in irradiated and unirradiated facial nerve grafts.},
  author={P D Brown and Jeffrey S. Eshleman and Robert L. Foote and Scott E. Strome},
  journal={International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics},
  year={2000},
  volume={48 3},
  pages={737-43}
}
PURPOSE The effect of high-dose radiation therapy on facial nerve grafts is controversial. Some authors believe radiotherapy is so detrimental to the outcome of facial nerve graft function that dynamic or static slings should be performed instead of facial nerve grafts in all patients who are to receive postoperative radiation therapy. Unfortunately, the facial function achieved with dynamic and static slings is almost always inferior to that after facial nerve grafts. In this retrospective… CONTINUE READING

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