Autologous nerve grafting is the current standard for bridging large gaps in major sensory and motor nerves. It allows both function and pain improvement with predictable results. Clinical observations of nerve elongation caused by tumours have prompted experimental animal studies of induced gradual elongation of the nerve stump proximal to the gap. This technique allows direct suturing of the two nerve ends to bridge the gap. Here, we describe a case of neuroma-in-continuity of the median nerve managed by resection and direct suture after nerve elongation with a tissue expander. We are not aware of similar reported cases. Secondary repair 3years after the initial injury improved the pain and hypersensitivity and restored a modest degree of protective sensory function (grade S1).Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Nerve, Gap, Neuroma, Elongation, Expansion