The Functional Recovery of Minced Muscles

  • C. Bertrand
  • L. Plaghki
  • G. Maréchal


The regeneration of muscles minced and grafted orthotopically has been well described by Carlson (1972). Such muscles show a remarkable degree of recovery: they contract; they are supplied with vascularization and innervation within a few weeks after the surgery. They show noticeable morphological, biochemical and mechanical differences in comparison to normal muscles (Carlson and Gutmann, 1972; Galucci et al, 1966; Plaghki and Maréchal, 1976; Plaghki et al, 1980a, b; Rifenbericket al, 1974; Salafsky, 1971; Snow, 1973). Their functional value may be questioned, as there is no available information concerning their use by the animals. This work describes some clinical aspects of the recovery of minced triceps surae of the rat, and establish a correlation with the mechanical recovery of the regenerating muscles.


Functional Recovery Regenerate Muscle Isometric Force Biceps Femoris Normal Muscle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Bertrand
    • 1
  • L. Plaghki
    • 1
  • G. Maréchal
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie GénéraleUniversité Catholique de LouvainBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physiologie GénéraleUCL-5540BruxellesBelgium

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