Publications by authors named "Ferry Van Nie"

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Improved long-term functional outcome after a latissimus dorsi transfer with or without subscapularis muscle lengthening or release.

Acta Orthop Belg 2021 Mar;87(1):151-157

A brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI) can lead to a limited shoulder function, especially abduction and external rotation. One of the treatment options to restore those shoulder functions is a latissimus dorsi transfer (LDT). The aim of this study is to analyze long-term functional outcome after a single LDT and compare these results with LDT combined with subscapularis muscle lengthening (SSL) or subscapularis muscle release (SSR). This cohort study included 39 patients (≤12 years old) with one-sided BPBI. All patients had an inter- nal rotation- and adduction contracture without glenohumeral joint deformity. A LDT was performed with or without SSL or SSR, resulting in 3 patient study groups. Demographic data and pre- and post- operative Mallet scores were collected and analysed for each group. The median age was 4.0 years (IQR 3.1) and there were no differences in patient demographics. In all patients surgery improved external rotation and overall shoulder function, at 9.8 years follow-up. Also, the total Mallet score increased significantly with 1.7 (p=0.001) in our (entire) study cohort. A LDT, with a SSL or SSR in case of an intra-operative internal contracture, improves shoulder function and preserves external rotation in patients (≤12 years old) with BPBI, at a follow up of 9.8 years.
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March 2021

Surgical intervention for upper extremity nerve compression related to arteriovenous hemodialysis accesses.

J Vasc Access 2021 Jan 21;22(1):58-63. Epub 2020 May 21.

Department of Neurosurgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Objective: Chronic renal failure patients with arteriovenous hemodialysis access may exhibit pain and neurological complaints due to local nerve compression by the access conduit vessels of autogenous arteriovenous fistulas or the prosthesis of arteriovenous grafts. In this study, we have examined the results of surgical intervention for vascular access-related nerve compression in the upper extremity.

Methods: A single center retrospective study was performed of all patients referred for persistent pain and neurological complaints after vascular access surgery for hemodialysis. There were four brachial-cephalic, three brachial-basilic upper arm arteriovenous fistulas, and three prosthetic arteriovenous grafts. All patients had pain and sensory deficits in a distinct nerve territory (median nerve: 6; median + ulnar nerve: 1; medial cutaneous nerve: 1), and two patients had additional motor deficits (median nerve).

Results: A total of 10 patients (mean age: 59 years; range: 25-73 years; 2 men; 4 diabetics) were treated by surgical nerve release alone (2 patients) or in combination with access revision (8 patients). Mean follow-up was 23 months (range: 8-46 months). Direct complete relief of symptoms was achieved in six patients. Three patients had minor complaints, and one patient had a reoperation with good success.

Conclusion: Vascular access-related nerve compression is an uncommon cause for pain, sensory and motor deficits after vascular access surgery. Surgical nerve release and access revision have good clinical outcome with relief of symptoms and maintenance of the access site in the majority of patients.
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