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  • John Scott Ferguson · Johnny Franco · Jonathan Pollack · [...] · Michael Smock
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nerve compression syndromes may cause postburn morbidity that can often be difficult to recognize and manage. This study reviewed patients in the authors' institution who needed nerve decompression secondary to thermal or electrical burns. The objective was to evaluate the timing of nerve decompression in the burn population. A 4-year review of the authors' institution's database found 22 patients who underwent peripheral neuroplasty. This patient population included both thermal and electrical burn patients. Two patients were excluded from the study because they underwent rapid forearm amputation, and a third patient who had his initial burn care done in Europe was also excluded. The authors reviewed the mechanism of burn: percentage of body surface area burned, which nerves underwent decompression, and time from burn to decompression. Nerve compression syndromes were diagnosed and treated in this group of patients from day 46 to 1530 post-burn. Carpal tunnel was the most common site of compression accounting for 46% of the nerve decompressions. Sixteen of the 19 (84%) patients required that synchronous nerves be decompressed. The average body surface area burn in the thermal group was 43 and 5% in the electrical burn group. Nerve compression syndromes secondary to burns can be a challenging problem to diagnose and treat. Multiple studies have shown the importance of treating nerve compressions in the acute setting; however, this study shows the importance of long-term surveillance, secondary to the late presentation of nerve compression syndromes. Late nerve compression neuropathies were present in both the electrical and thermal burn patients. The authors also found that presentation of a single nerve compression should raise the suspicion of a synchronous nerve compression. Patients with thermal burns greater than 20% body surface area and electrical burns should be routinely questioned and examined for the peripheral nerve compression syndromes during long-term follow-up.
    Article · Mar 2010 · Journal of burn care & research: official publication of the American Burn Association
  • Johnny Franco · Jeffrey Coppage · Michael Fallucco · John Scott Ferguson
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Submental intubation (SI) has been proposed as an alternative to nasoendotracheal intubation when oral endotracheal intubation is contraindicated. In patients who require intubation for maxillofacial reconstruction, this is an alternative to a traditional tracheostomy. The present case report presents an 18-year-old woman who suffered a comminuted mandibular fracture. Two days after her accident, she was taken to the operating room for open reduction with internal fixation of her mandible; however, the anesthesia staff was unable to nasally intubate the patient. A SI was performed. The procedure was completed without complications and the surgery accomplished with the SI. The patient was able to avoid a tracheostomy for an isolated operation. SI avoids the dangers of nasoendotracheal intubation in patients with midfacial fractures and avoids complications related to tracheostomy. Thus, SI may serve as an alternative to tracheostomy in patients without other medical conditions and indications for long-term intubation.
    Article · Jan 2009 · The Canadian journal of plastic surgery, Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique
  • Johnny Franco · Andrew Silver Arthur Kumpf · John Scott Ferguson
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Carpal tunnel syndrome has a prevalence of 1% to 10%, and while acute carpal tunnel syndrome makes up the minority of cases of this compression neuropathy, it is important to recognize as a distinct entity because prompt surgical treatment can decrease long-term morbidity. The most common causes of acute carpal tunnel syndrome are trauma to the hand or wrist, infection, and disorders of rheumatological, hemorrhagic and vascular origin. The present case report demonstrates the role of radiation therapy as a cause for acute carpal tunnel syndrome, a cause that has not been reported previously.
    Article · Jan 2009 · The Canadian journal of plastic surgery, Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique