Nerve injuries

Grey Giddins

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

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Nerve injuries

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Nerve injuries are common

The history is usually clear but the examination may be less so

Neurophysiology is only useful after 3 weeks

Imaging is of limited value as yet

Treatment is removal of the cause/repair as appropriate

Recovery is dependent upon many factors especially patient age, severity of the injury, how proximal the injury is and the type of nerve

Post operative therapy is crucial

Late reconstruction is primarily for motor function.

Chapter.  7814 words. 

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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