Promising results for nerve-repair technique

Researchers have achieved good results with a nerve-gap repair technique that uses an allograft of material harvested from cadavers.

The nerves are processed to remove all cellular material, preserving their architecture while preventing disease transmission or allergic reactions.

The technique is better than the hand-conduit method, according to a prospective, randomised study led by Dr Brian Rinker, medical director of the UK hand surgery service.

Participants with nerve gap injuries were randomised into either conduit or allograft repair groups. Following their surgery, independent blind observers