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The possibility of deep peroneal nerve neurotisation by the superficial peroneal nerve: an anatomical approach

  • M. BÜYÜKMUMCU (a1), M. E. ÜSTÜN (a2), M. ŞEKER (a1), Y. KOCAOĞULLARI (a2) and A. SAĞMANLIGİL (a2)...

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Neurotisation involves transfer of nerves for the restoration of function following injury. A number of nerves have been used in different part of the peripheral nervous system. This study was undertaken to develop a practical and relatively safe surgical approach to the treatment of L4 root lesion's. We examined the effectiveness and safety of neurotisation of the deep peroneal nerve and its branches by the superficial peroneal nerve. Twelve legs of dissected cadavers provided for teaching purposes in the anatomy laboratory were used to display the common peroneal nerve and its branches. Each branch was measured using calipers and analysed to investigate the possibility of neurotisation of the deep peroneal nerve by the superficial peroneal nerve and its branches. It was found that of the measured branches, transposition was possible between those to peroneus longus and tibialis anterior on the basis of their diameter and length. In recent decades, advances in microsurgical reconstruction and understanding of the microanatomy have played major roles in improving the results of surgical treatment of nerve injuries. There is a need for further experimental studies on the feasibility of this surgical approach.

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Correspondence to Dr Muzaffer Şeker, Selçuk Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Anatomi Bölümü, Konya, Turkey. Fax: +90.332.3232641 or 3232643.

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