Surgical repair of ulnar nerve lesions caused by gunshot and shrapnel: results in 407 lesions

Ulnar nerve lesions caused by gunshot wounds have rarely been reported in the current literature

Halil Ibrahim Secer

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • Ulnar nerve lesions caused by gunshot wounds have rarely been reported in the current literature
  • The authors describe the outcome after surgical repair of such injuries, and the factors influencing the results of treatment
  • This retrospective study includes 455 patients with 462 ulnar nerve injuries caused by gunshot wounds who were treated at Gulhane Military Medical Academy over a 40-year period
  • A total of 407 ulnar lesions were surgically repaired at that institution between 1966 and 2005; 237 patients were injured by shrapnel and 218 patients by gunshot
  • A good outcome was noted in 15.06% of patients who underwent high-level repair, 29.60% of patients who underwent intermediate-level repair, and 49.68% of patients after low-level repair
  • The reported outcome of repairs to ulnar nerves damaged by gunshot has varied in the literature, but there is a consensus that the duration of the interval to surgery, the repair level, and the graft length used influence the outcome of surgical repair for ulnar nerve lesions

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