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April 1985

Use of Polytetrafluorinated Ethylene Compound in Peripheral Nerve Grafting: An Experimental Study

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(4):259-261. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800060083012

• The suitability of polytetrafluorinated ethylene compound (Gore-tex) tubing in peripheral nerve grafting was studied using a rat sciatic nerve model. Thick-walled (0.36 mm) tubing was compared with thin-walled tubing (17 mm). Thin-walled tubing gave a favorable functional and microscopic result in five of seven animals, while thick-walled tubing gave a favorable graft result in three of six animals. The results achieved with the thin-walled tubing were comparable to those achieved using nerve grafts and vein interposition grafts.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:259-261)