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CO2 laser repair of the facial nerve: an experimental study in the rat


Wolfensberger, Markus; Felix, Heidi (1994). CO2 laser repair of the facial nerve: an experimental study in the rat. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 108(06):466-469.

Abstract

The facial nerve is often injured by trauma, infection or during the course of tumour resection. Many techniques of nerve anastomosis have been described with the current standard nerve repair using the microscope and monofilament suture. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the CO2 surgical laser as a tool for facial nerve anastomosis. Following preliminary electrical measurements 36 nerves were anastomosed using either laser or conventional monofilament suture. Laser anastomosis had neither beneficial nor detrimental effects on nerve regeneration. This method of anastomosis may be advantageous when surgical access is limited. In addition this study found that the use of CO2 laser as a dissecting or vapourizing tool in proximity to intact facial nerves results in degenerative changes

Abstract

The facial nerve is often injured by trauma, infection or during the course of tumour resection. Many techniques of nerve anastomosis have been described with the current standard nerve repair using the microscope and monofilament suture. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the CO2 surgical laser as a tool for facial nerve anastomosis. Following preliminary electrical measurements 36 nerves were anastomosed using either laser or conventional monofilament suture. Laser anastomosis had neither beneficial nor detrimental effects on nerve regeneration. This method of anastomosis may be advantageous when surgical access is limited. In addition this study found that the use of CO2 laser as a dissecting or vapourizing tool in proximity to intact facial nerves results in degenerative changes

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Otorhinolaryngology
Language:English
Date:1 June 1994
Deposited On:12 Oct 2018 12:57
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:49
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0022-2151
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0022215100127124

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