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Innovation in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Neuronal Regeneration Potential of Facial Nerve for Compound Wound in an Elderly Patient

Submission: January 12, 2021; Published: January 28, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/ITERM.2020.01.000519

ISSN: 2578-0336
Volume1 Issue4

Abstract

The capacity of axonal regeneration and reinnervation in peripheral nerves are maintained throughout life but tends to be delayed and less effective with aging [1]. In complex and compound facial wounds, specifically where significant contamination and soft tissue loss is ensued, it can be a dilemma to decide between performing staged reconstruction of an injured facial nerve against primary repair especially in cases of heavily contused and/or divided facial nerve at multiple levels. We wish to share our experience of performing primary repair of facial nerve’s branches in a compound facial wound with underlying fracture in a 70-yearold male patient. A significant recovery of all 5 branches of his facial nerve was observed 21 weeks after surgery.

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