Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of sural nerve graft donor site

Ng, S.S. and Kwan, M.K. and Ahmad, Tunku Sara (2006) Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of sural nerve graft donor site. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 61 (B). pp. 13-17. ISSN 0300-5283,

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17600987


This study is designed to evaluate twenty patients after sural nerve harvest using the single longitudinal incision method. The area of sensory loss to pin prick was assessed by the authors at different intervals. Donor site factors, scar cosmesis, functional status and complications were assessed using a questionnaire. The mean area of anaesthesia at one month was 65 cm2 and it had reduced by 77% to 15 cm2 at one and a half years. The mean area of reduced sensation was 49 cm2 at one month and it increased by 18% to 58 cm2 over the same period. Therefore, the total area of sensory deficit was reduced by 36% from 114 cm2 at one month to 73 cm2 at one and a half years. Subjective patient evaluation indicated moderate level of pain during immediate post surgical period, which reduced significantly at one month. A low level of neuroma symptoms was recorded throughout the study period. At a mean follow-up period of two years, there was no area of anaesthesia in 50% of the patients. Mean area of anaesthesia for all patients was 12 cm2 and mean area of reduced sensation was 55 cm2. Subjective patient evaluation indicated a low level of pain, neuroma symptoms and numbness over the sural nerve sensory distribution. Twenty five percent of the patients were not satisfied with the scar appearance. Function and daily activities were not affected significantly. No surgical complications were observed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Malaya Medical Center, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orthopaedic Surgery; Brachial Plexus/injuries
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Nor Izzati Ab Razak
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 00:58
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 04:54
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3519

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