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Archives of Hand and Microsurgery 2018;23(4):306-312.
Published online December 1, 2018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12790/ahm.2018.23.4.306   
Long-Term Follow-Up after the Sural Nerve Graft on the Injured Temporal Branch of the Facial Nerve: A Case Report
Jeong-Hyun Cheon, Jae-Ho Chung, Eul-Sik Yoon, Byung-Il Lee, Seung-Ha Park
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Korea University Anam Hospital, Korea University College Medicine, Seoul, Korea. cjh665@gmail.com
Received: 1 October 2018   • Revised: 23 October 2018   • Accepted: 1 November 2018
Abstract
The temporal branch of the facial nerve is particularly vulnerable to traumatic injuries due to its anatomic location, which often causes severe aesthetic and functional loss in the patient. Moreover, a chronic injury with nerve defect is more difficult to treat compared to acute injury, because it usually needs an additional procedure such as a nerve graft surgical procedure. This case shows a male patient who had a divided temporal branch of the facial nerve one month after an injury. We successfully grafted the split sural nerve and showed a good aesthetic, functional recovery for the patient.
Key Words: Sural nerve, Facial nerve injuries, Peripheral nerve injuries, Neurosurgical procedures
 
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