A segmental nerve defect from trauma results in significant loss of function of the extremity, and rarely occurs in isolation. Autografting of the nerve defect is the current gold standard.
A review of the recent literature regarding peripheral nerve defects after trauma treated with autograft.
Identification of the zone of nerve injury is difficult and appropriate resection is critical for good outcomes. Meaningful recovery is more likely with application of excellent technique. Many of the factors affecting outcomes are not modifiable.
Nerve grafting for segmental nerve injuries continues to be an essential and appropriate treatment.
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Published online: October 21, 2019
Accepted: October 21, 2019
This paper is part of a Supplement supported by the European Federation of Societies of Microsurgery (EFSM) and the Serbian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (SSRM).
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