Department of Reconstructive Surgery, Shahid Behesti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shahid Behesti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
In the restoration of elbow flexion, the phrenic nerve has proven to be a good donor, but considering the role of the phrenic nerve in respiratory function, we cannot disregard the potential dangers of this method.
In the current study, we reviewed the results of pulmonary function tests (PFT) in four patients who underwent phrenic nerve transfer.
Patients and Methods
We reviewed the results of serial spirometry tests, which were performed before and after phrenic nerve transfer surgery.
All patients regained Biceps power to M3 strength or above. None of our patients experienced pulmonary problems or respiratory complaints, but a significant reduction of spirometric parameters occurred after surgery.
This study highlights the close link between the role of the phrenic nerve and pulmonary function, such that the use of this nerve as a transfer donor leads to spirometric impairments.