Eur J Plast Surg (2011) 34:221–222 DOI 10.1007/s00238-011-0545-6 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Use of the masseter nerve as a “babysitter” procedure in short term facial palsy: “babysitting” or replacement of the facial nerve? Steffen U. Eisenhardt & Holger Bannasch & G. Björn Stark Received: 20 August 2010 /Accepted: 15 January 2011 /Published online: 8 February 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 Sir, results when compared to a CFNG as a donor nerve . We read the recent article by Drs. Hontanilla and Gomez-Ruz This is also supported by our previously published findings “Masseter nerve as ‘babysitter’ procedure in short term facial  in which we confirmed the reliability of the masseter palsy” with great interest. The authors combine a cross face nerve as a donor nerve for facial reanimation. These results nerve graft (CFNG) with a direct coaptation of the masseter make the interpretation of the authors doubtful, that the nerve on the injured side to the facial nerve branches distal to masseter nerve acts as a “babysitter”. The current literature the injury and claim that the masseter nerve is necessary to suggests that the masseter nerve is not “babysitting” for the maintain muscle tone, whereas the CFNG that is connected CFNG,
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2011
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