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Since 2000 we have used primary nerve grafts to reconstruct facial nerve defects caused by tumor ablation in a parotid region in 16 patients (12 males and 4 females aged from 31 to 79 years old, 64.3 on average) . The extent of sacrificed facial nerves was from 1 branch to total, and the maximum length of the nerve gaps was 11cm. For facial nerve reconstruction, a free nerve graft was used in 5 patients (from the great auricular nerve in 2 patients and the sural nerve in 3 patients) and adoi:10.5981/jjhnc.33.503 fatcat:mrpnnwcvwramxfzrj6mqjichue