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Repair of Infective Wound Associated With Nerve Defect in the Finger Using A Bipedicled Nerve Flap

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Second Hospital of Tangshan Identifier:
First received: October 12, 2012
Last updated: August 18, 2013
Last verified: April 2012
A combination of soft tissue and digital nerve defects in the finger results in sensory loss of the finger pulp. Reconstruction of these combined injuries is difficult. When the neurocutaneous defect is associated with wound infection, reconstructive alternatives are more limited. From July 2008 to May 2010, a retrospective study was conducted with 9 consecutive postinfection patients who had the neurocutaneous defect of the finger following trauma. The purpose of this retrospective study is to report repair of the complicated infected wound in the finger using the bipedicled nerve flap and to evaluate the efficacy of this technique.

Condition Intervention
Infection Wound Disruption of Nerve Repair Device: Nerve flap

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by The Second Hospital of Tangshan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 2-point Discrimination Test [ Time Frame: 17-25 months ]
    The 2-point Discrimination Test determines the minimal distance at which a subject can sense the presence of two needles. The modified American Society for Surgery of the Hand guidelines were used to stratify Discriminator measurements (excellent <6 mm; good 6-10 mm; fair 11-15 mm; poor >15 mm. The test points were at the center of the radial or ulnar portion of the pulp. Each area was tested 3 times with a Discriminator (Ali Med, Dedham, MA). Two out of 3 correct answers were considered proof of perception before proceeding to another lower value. We stopped at 4 mm as a limit of 2PD and considered this normal. The assessments were performed at a single time point at the final follow up.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Semmes-Weinstein (SW) Monofilament Test [ Time Frame: 17-25 months ]
    The test points were at the center of the radial or ulnar portion of the pulp. The donor site, i.e. radial- or ulnar-dorsal aspect of the middle phalanx of the donor digit, was also evaluated.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Pain [ Time Frame: 17-25 months ]
    Pain was given subjectively by the patient using the visual analogue scale (VAS). The VAS consists of a 10 cm line that was grouped into mild (1-3 cm), moderate (4-6 cm) and severe (7-10 cm).

Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2012
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
nerve graft
Simultaneous repair of the infected wound and digital nerve defect in the finger using a bipedicled nerve flap including nerve graft from the dorsal branch of the digital nerve.
Device: Nerve flap
Based on the Teoh et al.'s technique, we combined the nerve graft into the bipedicled heterodigital arterialized island flap and used this composite flap tissue for reconstructing complicated infected wound in the finger.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 55 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • an infective wound with exposed bone or tendon in the finger;
  • soft tissue defect involving proximal half of the middle phalanx, the proximal phalanx, or both;
  • associated digital nerve defect 1 to 4 cm in length;
  • single or double nerve defects; and
  • simultaneous repair of nerve and soft tissue defects.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • injury to the course of the pedicle or the donor site;
  • nerve defect less than 1 cm or larger than 4 cm in length;
  • occurrence of the defect in a region the flap is unable to reach, such as distal interphalangeal joint region, distal portion of the middle phalanx of the middle finger and the thumb;
  • no involvement of the digital nerve.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01707654

China, Hebei
The Second Hospital of Tangshan
Tangshan, Hebei, China, 063000
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Second Hospital of Tangshan
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: The Second Hospital of Tangshan Identifier: NCT01707654     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TSChen6017
HEBEI-J06451 ( Other Identifier: Hebei Ethics Committee )
Study First Received: October 12, 2012
Results First Received: June 3, 2013
Last Updated: August 18, 2013

Keywords provided by The Second Hospital of Tangshan:
dorsal branch of the proper digital nerve;
proper digital nerve;
finger sensory reconstruction. processed this record on September 20, 2017