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Study of nerve regeneration in centrocentral anastomosis

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Nerve regeneration was studied in a model of centrocentral anastomosis (CCA) performed on the sciatic nerve of the rat. Experimental CCA was made by suturing the proximal end of the peroneal branch on the proximal end of the sural branch, placing between them a peroneal nerve graft (Group I, 20 rats) or a silicone chamber (Group II, 12 rats). Nerve grafts had a length of 5mm and silicone chambers 7 mm. In six silicone chambers an 1 mm nerve graft was placed in the centre of the tube. In group I animals anterograde degeneration was studied by cutting the graft 60 days after surgery. In group II, nerve regeneration was studied 2, 4 and 8 weeks after surgery. Results indicate that in CCA: 1) regenerated axons coming from one nerve end grow into the graft but do not cross the contralateral suture line; 2) regeneration is poorer in silicone chambers than in nerve grafts; and, 3) in silicone chambers regeneration is related to time. The reduction in the regenerative capability in CCA seems to be related to the alteration of nerve sprouts aiming for the peripheral targets.

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Gil-Salú, J.L., González-Darder, J.M. Study of nerve regeneration in centrocentral anastomosis. Acta neurochir 105, 39–43 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01664856

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Keywords

  • Peripheral nerve regeneration
  • centrocentral anastomosis
  • silicone chambres technique
  • nerve growth factors
  • sciatic nerve
  • rat