American Hand Therapy Foundation Happy Hour with a Scholar: When You Have Nothing, A Little is A Lot - Nerve Transfers in Distressed Patient Populations

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date.

Acute flaccid myelitis is the modern era poliomyelitis. The disease preys on healthy children. The virus affects the anterior horn cells and cranial nerves with devastating consequences. Timely evaluation affords the opportunity to perform nerve transfers to regain function and lessen impairment. Innovative nerve transfers are required including reanimation of the diaphragm. The epidemiology, diagnosis, evaluation, and surgical management will be discussed in detail. Spinal cord injury effects children, adolescents, and adults. Cervical spinal cord injury results in quadriplegia with upper and lower limb deficits. Persons will spinal cord injury can benefit from nerve transfers to improve upper limb function and increase independence. Timely evaluation and referral is required to a center of experienced in spinal cord injury and nerve surgery. The evaluation of a person with cervical spine injury will be discussed along with the indications and techniques of nerve transfer surgery.


  • Explain the pathophysiology of acute flaccid myelitis

  • List the common deficits after acute flaccid myelitis

  • Discuss the role on nerve transfers in acute flaccid myelitis

  • State the most common levels of spine cord injury

  • Describe the functional deficits according to the level of cervical spinal cord injury

  • Discuss the potential nerve transfers for cervical spinal cord injury