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Brachial nerve injury

Michael C Nicoson, Michael J Franco, Thomas H Tung
BACKGROUND: With complete plexus injuries or late presentation, free functional muscle transfer (FFMT) becomes the primary option of functional restoration. Our purpose is to review cases over a 10-year period of free functioning gracilis muscle transfer after brachial plexus injury to evaluate the effect of different donor nerves used to reinnervate the FFMT on functional outcome. METHODS: A retrospective study from April 2001 to January 2011 of a single surgeon's practice was undertaken...
October 5, 2016: Microsurgery
Brett M Morrison
Neuromuscular diseases are a broadly defined group of disorders that all involve injury or dysfunction of peripheral nerves or muscle. The site of injury can be in the cell bodies (i.e., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] or sensory ganglionopathies), axons (i.e., axonal peripheral neuropathies or brachial plexopathies), Schwann cells (i.e., chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy), neuromuscular junction (i.e., myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome), muscle (i.e., inflammatory myopathy or muscular dystrophy), or any combination of these sites...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Hubert Lenoir, Louis Dagneaux, François Canovas, Thomas Waitzenegger, Thuy Trang Pham, Michel Chammas
BACKGROUND: Neurologic lesions are relatively common after total shoulder arthroplasty. These injuries are mostly due to traction. We aimed to identify the arm manipulations and steps during reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) that affect nerve stress. METHODS: Stress was measured in 10 shoulders of 5 cadavers by use of a tensiometer on each nerve from the brachial plexus, with shoulders in different arm positions and during different surgical steps of RTSA...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Kristin L Buterbaugh, Apurva S Shah
Brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP) is an upper extremity paralysis that occurs due to traction injury of the brachial plexus during childbirth. Approximately 20 % of children with brachial plexus birth palsy will have residual neurologic deficits. These permanent and significant impacts on upper limb function continue to spur interest in optimizing the management of a problem with a highly variable natural history. BPBP is generally diagnosed on clinical examination and does not typically require cross-sectional imaging...
September 28, 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Sameh Ghroubi, Samar Alila, Atika Mallek, Wafa Elleuch, Khlil Nouri, Mohamed Habib Elleuch
OBJECTIVE: To show the contribution of the sensory nerve action potential in the topographic diagnosis of traumatic brachial plexus injuries through an illustration of 7 clinical cases. OBSERVATIONS: We report 7 clinical cases of patients with unilateral traumatic brachial plexus injuries, following public highway accident. We realized an electroneuromyographic test (ENMG) for each patient in our service. A radiculopathy C5C6C7 were found in 3 subjects. Other patients had a radiculopathy C5 T1, a radiculopathy C7C8 T1, a lesion of the upper trunk or a lesion of the posterior cord...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Mihir J Desai, Charles A Daly, John G Seiler, Walter H Wray, David S Ruch, Fraser J Leversedge
PURPOSE: Loss of active shoulder abduction after brachial plexus or isolated axillary nerve injury is associated with a severe functional deficit. The purpose of this 2-center study was to retrospectively evaluate restoration of shoulder abduction after transfer of a radial nerve branch to the axillary nerve for patients after brachial plexus or axillary nerve injury. METHODS: Patients who underwent transfer of a radial nerve branch to the anterior branch of the axillary nerve between 2004 and 2014 were reviewed...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Mohammad M Al-Qattan, Amel A F El-Sayed
It is generally thought that Klumpke's palsy is not seen as obstetric injury. The authors present a case of Klumpke's palsy with Horner syndrome following delivery by emergency Cesarean section. Neurolysis and nerve grafting partially corrected the paralysis.
September 2016: Clinical Case Reports
Bryan G Beutel, Scott D Lifchez, Eitan Melamed
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular procedures are common and are trending toward endovascular interventions. With this increase in endovascular procedures, there is also increasing awareness of upper extremity morbidity resulting from treatment. METHODS: Articles indexed within PubMed between the years 1975 and 2015 that discussed such complications were reviewed. RESULTS: Percutaneous radial artery access can lead to nerve ischemia, especially in the setting of an incomplete arterial arch, whereas radial artery harvesting for bypass surgery more commonly causes frank tissue ischemia and radial neuropathy...
August 2016: Journal of Hand and Microsurgery
Emmanuel P Estrella, Tristram D Montales
BACKGROUND: Restoration of elbow function in traumatic brachial plexus injury patients remains the priority in the reconstruction of the involved extremity. In cases of complete nerve root injuries and in delayed cases, the only option for elbow reconstruction is the functional free muscle transfer. The purpose of this paper was to present the clinical outcomes and complications of functioning free muscle transfers using the gracilis muscle for the restoration of elbow flexion in brachial plexus injury patients in a tertiary institution from January 1, 2005 to January 31, 2014...
August 24, 2016: Injury
Christopher J Dy, Jack Baty, Mohammed J Saeed, Margaret A Olsen, Daniel A Osei
PURPOSE: Despite the importance of timely evaluation for patients with brachial plexus injuries (BPIs), in clinical practice we have noted delays in referral. Because the published BPI experience is largely from individual centers, we used a population-based approach to evaluate the delivery of care for patients with BPI. METHODS: We used statewide administrative databases from Florida (2007-2013), New York (2008-2012), and North Carolina (2009-2010) to create a cohort of patients who underwent surgery for BPI (exploration, repair, neurolysis, grafting, or nerve transfer)...
September 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Francisco Ferrero-Manzanal, Raquel Lax-Pérez, Roberto López-Bernabé, José Ramiro Betancourt-Bastidas, Alvaro Iñiguez de Onzoño-Pérez
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder surgery is often performed with the patient in the so called "beach-chair position" with elevation of the upper part of the body. The anesthetic procedure can be general anesthesia and/or regional block, usually interscalenic brachial plexus block. We present a case of brachial plexus palsy with a possible mechanism of traction based on the electromyographic and clinical findings, although a possible contribution of nerve block cannot be excluded. PRESENTATION OF THE CASE: We present a case of a 62 year-old female, that suffered from shoulder fracture-dislocation...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Andrés A Maldonado, Michelle F Kircher, Robert J Spinner, Allen T Bishop, Alexander Y Shin
BACKGROUND: After complete five-level root brachial plexus injury, free functional muscle transfer and intercostal nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve are two potential reconstructive options for elbow flexion. The aim of this study was to determine the outcomes of free functional muscle transfer versus intercostal nerve-to-musculocutaneous nerve transfers with respect to strength. METHODS: Sixty-two patients who underwent free functional muscle transfer reconstruction or intercostal nerve-to-musculocutaneous nerve transfer for elbow flexion following a pan-plexus injury were included...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
D Fraiman, M F Miranda, F Erthal, P F Buur, M Elschot, L Souza, S A R B Rombouts, C A Schimmelpenninck, D G Norris, M J A Malessy, A Galves, C D Vargas
This study aims at the effects of traumatic brachial plexus lesion with root avulsions (BPA) upon the organization of the primary motor cortex (M1). Nine right-handed patients with a right BPA in whom an intercostal to musculocutaneous (ICN-MC) nerve transfer was performed had post-operative resting state fMRI scanning. The analysis of empirical functional correlations between neighboring voxels revealed faster correlation decay as a function of distance in the M1 region corresponding to the arm in BPA patients as compared to the control group...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
B A Ghanghurde, R Mehta, K M Ladkat, B B Raut, M R Thatte
UNLABELLED: The purpose of this study was to examine the results of spinal accessory nerve to suprascapular nerve (with or without axillary nerve neurotization) and an Oberlin transfer as primary treatment in children with Narakas type I obstetric brachial plexus injuries, when parents refused to consent to conventional nerve trunk-/root-level reconstruction. A total of 20 children with poor shoulder abduction and no biceps antigravity function but with good hand function were treated with spinal accessory nerve to suprascapular nerve and an Oberlin transfer at a mean age of 5...
October 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
Fiesky A Nunez, Anastasios Papadonikolakis, Zhongyu Li
The incidence of brachial plexus injury after shoulder dislocation or arthroscopic shoulder surgery is low. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an uncommon but painful condition that can develop after nerve injury. Historically, CRPS has been difficult to treat and therapeutic efforts are sometimes limited to ameliorating symptoms. However, if a dystrophic focus can be identified, the condition can be addressed with surgical exploration for potential neurolysis or nerve repair. The present article reports on a case of type II CRPS that developed in the postoperative setting of arthroscopic shoulder surgery complicated with simple shoulder dislocation...
2016: Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances
George Paraskevas, Konstantinos Koutsouflianiotis, Kalliopi Iliou, Theodosios Bitsis, Panagiotis Kitsoulis
A double upper subscapular nerve on the right side was detected in a male cadaver, with the proximal one arising from the suprascapular nerve and the distal one from the posterior division of the upper trunk of the brachial plexus. Both of them penetrated and supplied the uppermost portion of the right subscapularis muscle. That anatomic variation was associated with a median nerve formed by two lateral roots. The origin and pattern of the upper subscapular nerve displays high variability, however the presented combination of the variable origin of a double upper subscapular nerve has rarely been described in the literature...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Katarzyna Hojan, Magdalena Wojtysiak, Juliusz Huber, Marta Molińska-Glura, Agnieszka Wiertel-Krawczuk, Piotr Milecki
PURPOSE: Breast cancer surgery or radiotherapy (RT) are potential causes of persistent pain syndrome. It remains to be clarified whether numbness or pain reported by patients after mastectomy and RT are conditioned by changes in nerve transmission. The aim of this study was to examine the potential relationship between subjective sensory complications and neurophysiological examinations in breast cancer survivors with post-mastectomy pain syndrome. METHODS: Sixty breast cancer survivors (30 patients only after mastectomy - group A; and 30 after mastectomy with RT - group B) complaining of pain and sensory disturbances in the brachial plexus area and 20 healthy women (group C) were studied with regard to sensory perception and pain intensity using the Visual Analogue Scale and electroneurography (ENG)...
August 2016: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Yeon Dong Kim, Jae Yong Yu, Junho Shim, Hyun Joo Heo, Hyungtae Kim
BACKGROUND: Recently, ultrasound has been commonly used. Ultrasound-guided interscalene brachial plexus block (IBPB) by posterior approach is more commonly used because anterior approach has been reported to have the risk of phrenic nerve injury. However, posterior approach also has the risk of causing nerve injury because there are risks of encountering dorsal scapular nerve (DSN) and long thoracic nerve (LTN). Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of encountering DSN and LTN during ultrasound-guided IBPB by posterior approach...
July 2016: Korean Journal of Pain
Shokei Yamada, Russell R Lonser, Daniel J Won, Bryan E Tsao
INTRODUCTION: Previously, the authors presented the coaptation of C3 and C4 primary rami to one of brachial plexus trunks to regain function from cervical root avulsion-caused paralysis. The purpose of this presentation is 2-fold: (1) discuss specific surgical techniques and (2) discuss control or prevention of intractable pain associated with root avulsion. METHODS: (1) The surgical procedure consists of exposure of C3 and C4 anterior rami coaptation to the upper trunk (Erb-Duchenne) or lower trunk (Klumpke), with sural nerve bridge graft, and additionally intercostal nerve coaptation to median and ulnar nerves for flail arm...
August 2016: Neurosurgery
Mohammadreza Emamhadi, Babak Alijani, Sasan Andalib
BACKGROUND: For the reconstruction of brachial plexus lesions, restoration of elbow flexion and shoulder function is fundamental and is achieved by dual nerve transfers. Shoulder stabilization and movement are crucial in freedom of motion of the upper extremity. In patients with C5-C6 brachial plexus injury, spinal accessory nerve transfer to the suprascapular nerve and a fascicle of ulnar nerve to musculocutaneous nerve (dual nerve transfer) are carried out for restoration of shoulder abduction and elbow flexion, respectively...
September 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
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