Pioneering doctors at Huashan Hospital at Fudan University in Shanghai have been exploring nerve transfer to resolve central nervous system problems in patients with spastic hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. The surgery requires a specific nerve transfer from a patient’s non-paralyzed side to his or her paralyzed side. Similar nerve transfers have previously been utilized in patients with injuries to the brachial plexus. Results showed the procedure may reduce spasticity and increase hand function for patients suffering from spastic hemiplegia or brachial plexus injuries. The doctors concluded that the results of the trial “are exciting but need clarification and confirmation,” and that future research is needed to optimize nerve regeneration.
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