New one-stage nerve pedicle grafting technique using the great auricular nerve for reconstruction of facial nerve defects

Isao Koshima, Yazaburo Nanba, Tetsuya Tsutsui, Yoshio Takahashi, Seiko Itoh

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Abstract

A new one-stage nerve pedicle grafting technique, employing a vascularized great auricular nerve graft, was used to repair a facial nerve defect. The facial nerve of a 39-year-old woman with facial schwannoma was resected, and an island vascularized great auricular nerve graft from the ipsilateral side was transferred to bridge a 4 cm long defect of the buccal branch. Postoperatively, rapid nerve sprouting through the vascularized nerve graft and excellent facial reamination were obtained within 6 months after surgery. This method in one-stage using a vascularized nerve graft is technically easy, requires a short operating time, has minimal donor-site morbidity, and leads to successful nerve regeneration postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2004

Keywords

  • Facial nerve repair
  • One stage
  • Vascularized nerve graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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