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Dr Ian Corbett
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The inferior alveolar nerve is sometimes injured during mandibular surgery, resulting in altered sensibility. Incomplete recovery may be the result of nerve entrapment by scar tissue. Twelve patients underwent external neurolysis of the inferior alveolar nerve following prolonged sensory impairment secondary to mandibular surgery. The mean time to external neurolysis was 14 months (range 12-24 months). Five patients demonstrated improvement in sensibility, two patients returning to normal sensation. No patient had a worsening of symptoms. The results demonstrate that external neurolysis can be a useful step during surgical exploration in carefully selected patients. © 2004 International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Greenwood M, Corbett IP
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Print publication date: 01/05/2005
ISSN (print): 0901-5027
ISSN (electronic): 1399-0020
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
PubMed id: 15741032
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