Tetraplegia: Current literature, research and concepts

Nicole L. Strauss, Michelle James

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Purpose of review: The purpose of this review is to provide a current overview of the latest literature, research and concepts pertaining to tetraplegia and surgical reconstruction of the upper extremity. Recent findings: Interest in upper limb surgery in tetraplegia has increased as evidenced by the number of publications on this subject identified in a search of peer-reviewed papers. Recent publications focus on the perceptions of individuals with tetraplegia, new perspectives on surgical reconstruction of elbow extension and pinch, the development of a new generation of neuroprostheses and the application of sarcomere length measurement in tendon transfers. Summary: More attention is being directed towards understanding the role of upper extremity surgery in the lives of people with tetraplegia, specifically why they may choose not to have surgery. Tendon transfers have been standardized, new technology is being used to improve their function and a new generation of neuroprostheses is under development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-484
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Orthopaedic Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Neuroprosthesis
  • Tetraplegia
  • Upper extremity surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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