Nerve stretching

(Med.) the operation of stretching a nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which are supposed to be influenced by the condition of the nerve or its connections.

See also: nerve

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Both groups had reduced feeling in the chin area throughout the first 15 days after surgery, mainly due to nerve stretching.
Careful tumor removal, with the help of an operating microscope, usually results in preservation of the nerve but nerve stretching may result in swelling of the nerve with subsequent temporary paralysis.