Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost. Tetraparesis or quadriparesis, on the other hand, means muscle weakness affecting all four limbs. It may be flaccid or spastic.

Nerve transfers are a technically feasible means of restoring the upper extremity function in tetraplegia in cases that may not be amenable to tendon transfers 1).

Brown JM. Nerve transfers in tetraplegia I: Background and technique. Surg Neurol Int. 2011;2:121. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.84392. Epub 2011 Aug 30. PubMed PMID: 21918736; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3172032.
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