Cadaveric nerve allotransplantation in the treatment of persistent thoracic neuralgia.


When relief from neuralgia cannot be achieved with traditional methods, neurectomy may be considered to abate the stimulus, and primary opposition of the terminal nerve ending is recommended to prevent neuroma. Nerve repair with autograft is limited by autologous nerves available for large nerve defects. Cadaveric allografts provide an unlimited graft source without donor-site morbidities, but are rapidly rejected unless appropriate immunosuppression is achieved. An optimal treatment method for nerve allograft transplantation would minimize rejection while simultaneously permitting nerve regeneration. This report details a novel experience of nerve allograft transplantation using cadaveric nerve grafts to desensitize persistent postoperative thoracic neuralgia.

DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.06.092

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@article{Barbour2015CadavericNA, title={Cadaveric nerve allotransplantation in the treatment of persistent thoracic neuralgia.}, author={John Richard Barbour and Andrew G Yee and Amy Marie Moore and Elbert P . Trulock and Jacob M Buchowski and Susan E. Mackinnon}, journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery}, year={2015}, volume={99 4}, pages={1414-7} }