Cadaver Nerve Grafts: Past, Present and Future

Jordi Puente-Espel, Jeremy Chang, Xiangxia Liu, Charles A. Riccio, Petros Konofaos

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Nerve grafts represent an invaluable tool, when reconstructing nerve defects of more than 1 cm. Historically, the criterion standard use of autografts has relied on the premise of using nonessential sensory nerves to fulfill the principle of replacing "like with like,"while simultaneously minimizing the infliction of undue morbidity on the patient. The reconstructive surgeon thus faces a dilemma when extensive nerve damage requires reconstruction, or when donor nerves are not available or limited such as in the pediatric population. Cadaver nerve grafts (CNG) uniquely allow for reconstruction of large nerve lesions without the presence of host morbidity. The following article reviews the use of CNG, its indications, advantages, and disadvantages, as well as provides some case studies of real-world application. In addition, an insight into the future perspectives of CNG is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-688
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • cadaver nerve graft
  • nerve autograft
  • peripheral nerve injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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