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Reconstruction Of Irreparable Brachial Plexus Injuries With Reinnervated Free-muscle Transfer

Kazuteru Doi, Kazuhiro Sakai, Yasunori Fuchigami, Shinya Kawai

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✓ The complete avulsion of the brachial plexus is a severe injury usually caused by high-energy trauma. Even with the advent of modern microsurgical techniques, many patients have been rendered severely handicapped following this injury. The authors present a new reconstructive procedure that uses a microsurgical reinnervated free-muscle transfer to return prehensile function to an upper limb that is completely paralyzed. Although the procedure is still preliminary, a successful case is briefly described.