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June 1971

On a Method of Evaluating the Success of a Nerve Suture

Arch Neurol. 1971;24(6):573-574. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00480360107015
Abstract

This discussion concerns observations made on the wounded in military hospitals in Wurzburg, some of whom undergo electrical stimulation and regular observation at the Medical Polyclinic.

Nerve injuries impose a great demand on the patience of both doctor and patient. Even after a successful nerve suture, restitution of function can be expected only after several weeks. It would be a great comfort to the patient if one could evaluate the success of the suture early in the course. The following will show that this is possible in many cases by a very simple technique.

Let us suppose that the radial nerve is severed by a bullet in the middle of the arm and that the nerve is then sutured. Naturally a long period of time must pass until movement can return to the paralyzed muscles, since the nerve fibers have to grow from the proximal stump to the muscles.

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