New cadaver nerve used to treat injured nerves

(CBS42)
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367016403&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4034171&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367016403 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — When a nerve is injured, pain, numbness and a loss of sensation is common.

Fixing damaged nerves used to mean patients had to sacrifice another nerve from their body, but now there is an easier way.

Doctors can now use engineered nerves from a deceased donor.

The engineered nerves are put between the damaged segments.

Nerves then regenerate through tine tubes.

Doctors have seen similar results when using a patient’s own nerve.

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