Hemihypoglossal nerve transfer in brachial plexus repair: technique and results.

@article{Ferraresi2002HemihypoglossalNT,
  title={Hemihypoglossal nerve transfer in brachial plexus repair: technique and results.},
  author={Stefano Ferraresi and Debora Garozzo and Roberta Ravenni and Rinaldo Dainese and Domenico De Grandis and Paolo Buffatti},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={50 2},
  pages={332-5}
}
OBJECTIVE In multiple avulsions of the brachial plexus, the search for extraplexal donor nerves in the hope of achieving motor neurotization is a major goal. We explored the possibility of using the hypoglossal nerve as a transfer point to reanimate muscles in the upper limb. METHODS The hypoglossal nerve was used as a donor nerve for neurotization in seven patients with avulsive injuries of the brachial plexus. The surgical technique--an end-to-side microsuture using approximately half of… CONTINUE READING