When a peripheral nerve is reconstructed after it has been damaged. it is important to assess, in an early stage, whether the nerve is regenerating across the lesion. However, at present for this purpose an adequate method is not available. In this study short term changes in the proximal and distal segment of a transected and reconstructed peripheral nerve are evaluated using a new quantitative magnetic recording technique. For a general understanding, the anatomy and neurophysiology of peripheral nerves will be discussed in this introduction, followed by an overview of clinical aspects of peripheral nerve reconstruction and regeneration, and of the techniques used for evaluation of nerve regeneration.

functional recovery, magnetoneurography, peripheral nerve regeneration, proximal segment
S.E.R. Hovius (Steven)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
V.V.A.A., EmdaMed, Mediprof, Stapler B.v., Carl Zeiss BV., NVPRC, Esser stichting
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Kuypers, P.D.L. (1998, December 2). Magnetoneurographic evaluation of peripheral nerve regeneration. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/17289