Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dr. Bertelli reports break-through in surgical reconstruction of hand function

Dr. Jayme Bertelli at Center of Biological and Health Sciences, University of the South of Santa Catarina, Tubarão, Brazil and his colleagues report successful treatment of a patient with tetraplegia who had paralysis of thumb and finger extension. This patient underwent transfer of nerve motor branches to wrist extensor muscle nerves. Six months after surgery, extension of the thumb and fingers were almost full (see figure). In tetraplegic patients with strong wrist extensors, motor nerve branch transfer is a promising new alternative for the reconstruction of thumb and finger extension.
Reference: Bertelli JA et al. J Hand Surg 2010;35A:1647–1651