Improved viability of latissimus dorsi muscle grafts after electrical prestimulation.

  title={Improved viability of latissimus dorsi muscle grafts after electrical prestimulation.},
  author={Edwin B C Woo and Augustine T M Tang and Jonathan C Jarvis and Philip S Hasleton and Stanley Salmons and Timothy L. Hooper},
  journal={Muscle & nerve},
  volume={25 5},
Surgical mobilization of the latissimus dorsi muscle (LDM) produces fiber degeneration, particularly in the distal part of the graft, that may compromise its function in clinical applications such as dynamic cardiomyoplasty. In five rats, the left LDM was stimulated continuously at 10 HZ. After 5 weeks, vessels perforating the chest wall were divided and the left LDM was mobilized as a pedicle graft based on the thoracodorsal artery. Twenty-four hours later, animals were killed and left and… CONTINUE READING
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