Brachial plexus injury: Treatment options and outcomes

Samantha Arzillo, Kriya Gishen, Morad Askari

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Abstract

The brachial plexus is a series of nerves formed by roots of cervical segments 5 to 8 (C5-C8) as well as the first thoracic nerve (T1). It functions to provide sensation and motor innervation to the skin and muscles of the chest and upper limb. It does so through different segments: roots, trunks, divisions, and cords. Injuries to the brachial plexus occur relatively frequently and are due mainly to traumatic accidents that lead to traction or compression of the nerve roots. When considering the etiology and treatment of such injuries, it is important to make a distinction between adult versus obstetric brachial plexus injury. Although several surgical treatment options are described and used for patients with brachial plexus injury, no perfect remedy currently exists. Prevention and safety should be the focus. At the same time, high-quality studies and new technology and techniques are needed to determine more effective treatments for this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1200-1206
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Brachial plexus
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy
  • Nerve transfer
  • Obstetric brachial plexus palsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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