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April 1985

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

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Dr Rice), and the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine (Drs Burstein and Newman).

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)