Abnormalities of Cutaneous Sensory Receptors Following Peripheral Nerve Regeneration

  • Bryce L. Munger


Injuries to peripheral nerves involve complex problems in clinical management as reviewed in detail by Sunderland (1978). Sensory as well as motor sequelae often leave patients significantly impaired needing intensive rehabilitation as described by Dellon (1981). The nature of the problems encountered clinically have changed little from the descriptions by Head and Sherren (1905) at the turn of the century to Stopford’s (1930) or Haymaker and Woodhall’s (1953) reviews. While peripheral nerves are capable of regeneration, the results clinically can frequently be disappointing. In the case of surgical repair of peripheral nerve injuries considerable attention has been given to the alignment of nerve fascicles in the proximal and distal stump. While some benefits have been claimed for proper alignment, some misrouting is inevitable. The monograph edited by Gorio et al. (1981) explores this general problem in some detail as does Sunderland (1978). Problems of misrouting of sensory and motor axons are obvious sequelae even within a matched set of nerve fascicles. However, within sensory nerves alone mismatch is inevitable.


Basal Lamina Sensory Receptor Dermal Papilla Sensory Axon Peripheral Nerve Regeneration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bryce L. Munger
    • 1
  1. 1.The Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterThe Pennsylvania State UniversityHersheyUSA

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