J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1969 Jun;4(2):15-21. 10.4055/jkoa.1969.4.2.15.

Clinical Observation of Peripheral Nerve Injury of the Upper Extremity

Abstract

Ninety two injuries of the main nerves in the upper extremity observed in 79 patients, were studied at the Department of the Orthopedic Surgery, 17th Army Hospital from May 1965 to Aug. 1968. The treatment given consisted of neurolysis in 15, neurorrhapy in 77(primary 43 and secondary 34) and tendon transplantation and transfer in 11 cases. The results for the median, ulnar and radial nerves after primary and secondary suture were analyzed with respect to the level of injury(high and lower). The results of the median nerve repair were more succesful than those of the ulnar nerve, In these two nerve injuries, the sensory recovery was better than the motor and secondary suture gave better results than primary suture. Thirteen cases failed to respond to primary or secondary nerve repair, among those tendon transfer or tendon transplantation was tried in eleven cases, from the latter approximately 25% of motor recovery could be seen.

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