Transplantation of the Rectus femoris Muscle

  • R. R. Schenck


Pioneer work in muscle transplantation was carried out by Tamai, Kubo, Harii and Ikuta [1–4]. The first use of the rectus femoris muscle in a human was performed May 20, 1976, in a 49 year old man whose flexor aspect of the forearm was severely injured in an industrial accident. Prior reconstructive steps included initial debridement and coverage with a pedicle skin flap; with later sural nerve grafting to reconstruct the median and ulnar nerves.


Rectus Femoris Median Epicondyle Facial Paralysis Transverse Carpal Ligament Rectus Femoris Muscle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. Schenck
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Hand Surgery, Departments of Plastic and Orthopedic SurgeryRush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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