Traumatic brachial plexus injuries (TBPI) are highly debilitating, often resulting in life-long disability and neuropathic pain. Justin Wisely and his co-authors from the University of Michigan Neuromuscular Lab @umichplasticsurgery evaluated the ideal timing to perform spinal accessory nerve-to-suprascapular nerve transfer using a rat model. He and his co-authors found that early surgical intervention following TBPI substantially improves functional outcomes and that surgical delays can result in loss of the optimum regenerative window. Early Intervention With Spinal Accessory-to-Suprascapular Nerve Transfer Leads To Improved Functional Outcome In Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries Justin P. Wisely, BS @jpwisely; Amir Dehdashtian, MD @amir.dedashtian, MPH; Jong-Pil Yoon, MD; Zishen Zhuang, MS; Shelby Svientek, MD @shelbysvientek; Paul S. Cederna, MD @paulcederna; Stephen W.P Kemp, PhD University of Michigan Section of Plastic Surgery, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
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