Journal of materials science. Materials in medicine

In vivo study of ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate applied in direct contact with nerves regenerating in a novel nerve-guide.

PMID 20300954


Stitch suture is still the most recommended method to hold a nerve-guide in place but stitch suture is a well known cause of local inflammatory response. Glues of several kinds have been proposed as an alternative but they are not easy to apply in a real surgical setting. In 2006 authors developed a new concept of nerve-guide termed "NeuroBox" which is double-halved, not-degradable and rigid, and allows the use of cyanoacrylic glues. In this study, Authors analyzed histologically the nerve-glue interface. Wistar rats were used as animal model. In group 1, animals were implanted a NeuroBox to promote the regeneration of an experimentally produced 4 mm gap in the sciatic nerve. In group 2, the gap was left without repair ("sham-operated" group). Group 3 was assembled by harvesting 10 contralateral intact nerves to document the normal anatomy. Semi-thin sections for visible light microscopy and ultra-thin sections for Transmission Electron Microscopy were analyzed. Results showed that application of ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate directly to the epineurium produced no significative insult to the underlining nerve fibers nor impaired nerve regeneration. No regeneration occurred in the "sham-operated" group.

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Ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate, liquid