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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650376/trapezius-muscle-transfer-for-restoration-of-elbow-extension-in-a-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injury
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Hamza M Alrabai, Martin G Gesheff, Ahmed I Hammouda, Janet D Conway
Voluntary elbow extension is essential for optimal upper limb positioning required for daily living activities, particularly above-shoulder maneuvers. The authors present a case of traumatic brachial plexus injury in which paralysis of the musculature selectively supplied by the posterior cord was based on magnetic resonance imaging and nerve conduction studies. An attempt at a radial nerve graft at another center was not effective. Ipsilateral hand function improved after multiple local tendon transfers were performed...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644315/limb-salvage-and-reconstruction-following-a-zebra-attack
#2
Jacob T Carlson, James C Yuen, Matthew R Smeds
Animal bites are fairly rare events but can cause devastating traumatic injuries to the victim. In addition to the soft tissue, vascular, and orthopedic trauma inflicted by these occurrences, bite injuries also have the potential to introduce an inoculum of microbes, which may progress to an infection if not treated properly and expeditiously. We present the case of a healthy male who sustained multiple bite wounds from a domestic zebra to his left upper extremity. This attack caused severe damage, including devascularization of the arm at the brachial artery, disruption of the distal biceps and brachialis, stripping of the forearm nerves, and shearing of the overlying soft tissue...
June 2017: Trauma Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644301/pseudoaneurysm-of-brachial-artery-a-rare-cause-of-median-nerve-compression
#3
João Lobo, Mariana Cunha Ferreira, Pedro Negrão Ramos
Background: The authors present an unusual clinical case of high median nerve compression caused by an iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm of the brachial artery after an angiography with a follow up of 9 months. Methods: A 73-year-old male was seen with progressive numbness, loss of opponency and diminution of strength of finger flexion in the left hand after an angiography with direct puncture of the left humeral artery. Physical examination revealed a hard consistency internal distal arm swelling with the size of a walnut, non-pulsatile and with a Tinel sign on percussion...
April 2018: Trauma Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623932/evaluation-of-nerve-transfer-options-for-treating-total-brachial-plexus-avulsion-injury-a-retrospective-study-of-73-participants
#4
Kai-Ming Gao, Jing-Jing Hu, Jie Lao, Xin Zhao
Despite recent great progress in diagnosis and microsurgical repair, the prognosis in total brachial plexus-avulsion injury remains unfavorable. Insufficient number of donors and unreasonable use of donor nerves might be key factors. To identify an optimal treatment strategy for this condition, we conducted a retrospective review. Seventy-three patients with total brachial plexus avulsion injury were followed up for an average of 7.3 years. Our analysis demonstrated no significant difference in elbow-flexion recovery between phrenic nerve-transfer (25 cases), phrenic nerve-graft (19 cases), intercostal nerve (17 cases), or contralateral C7 -transfer (12 cases) groups...
March 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618095/case-report-double-oberlin-nerve-transfer-to-restore-elbow-flexion-following-c5-c6-avulsion-injury
#5
Michael J Moses, Amoz Z Dai, Dylan T Lowe, Alice Chu, Themistocles S Protopsaltis
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: The use of nerve transfers to restore nerve function following traumatic avulsion injuries has been described, though there is still a paucity in the literature documenting technique and long-term outcomes for these procedures. The double Oberlin nerve transfer involves transferring fascicles from the median and ulnar nerves to the musculocutaneous nerve to restore elbow flexion in patients with a C5-C6 avulsion injury. The purpose of this case report is to present our indications and technique for a double Oberlin transfer in addition to exhibiting video footage at follow-up time points documenting the incremental improvement in elbow flexion following the injury...
April 2, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605951/future-perspectives-in-the-management-of-nerve-injuries
#6
Susan E Mackinnon
AIM:  The author presents a solicited "white paper" outlining her perspective on the role of nerve transfers in the management of nerve injuries. METHODS:  PubMed/MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were evaluated to compare nerve graft and nerve transfer. An evaluation of the scientific literature by review of index articles was also performed to compare the number of overall clinical publications of nerve repair, nerve graft, and nerve transfer. Finally, a survey regarding the prevalence of nerve transfer surgery was administrated to the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM) results...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29595730/recovery-of-elbow-flexion-after-nerve-reconstruction-versus-free-functional-muscle-transfer-for-late-traumatic-brachial-plexus-palsy-a-systematic-review
#7
Don Hoang, Vivi W Chen, Mitchel Seruya
BACKGROUND: In late presentation of brachial plexus trauma, it is unclear whether donor nerves should be devoted to nerve reconstruction or reserved for free functional muscle transfer. The authors systematically reviewed recovery of elbow flexion after nerve reconstruction versus free functional muscle transfer for late, traumatic brachial plexus palsy. METHODS: A systematic review was performed using the PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane databases to identify all cases of traumatic brachial plexus palsy in patients aged 18 years or older...
April 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29570722/thoracic-dysfunction-in-whiplash-associated-disorders-a-systematic-review
#8
Nicola R Heneghan, Richard Smith, Isaak Tyros, Deborah Falla, Alison Rushton
BACKGROUND: Research investigating Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) has largely focused on the cervical spine yet symptoms can be widespread. Thoracic spine pain prevalence is reported ~66%; perhaps unsurprising given the forceful stretch/eccentric loading of posterior structures of the spine, and the thoracic spine's contribution to neck mobility/function. Approximately 50% WAD patients develop chronic pain and disability resulting in high levels of societal and healthcare costs. It is time to look beyond the cervical spine to fully understand anatomical dysfunction in WAD and provide new directions for clinical practice and research...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29557385/proteomic-analysis-of-trans-hemispheric-motor-cortex-reorganization-following-contralateral-c-7-nerve-transfer
#9
Yin Yuan, Xiu-Yue Xu, Jie Lao, Xin Zhao
Nerve transfer is the most common treatment for total brachial plexus avulsion injury. After nerve transfer, the movement of the injured limb may be activated by certain movements of the healthy limb at the early stage of recovery, i.e., trans-hemispheric reorganization. Previous studies have focused on functional magnetic resonance imaging and changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and growth associated protein 43, but there have been no proteomics studies. In this study, we designed a rat model of total brachial plexus avulsion injury involving contralateral C7 nerve transfer...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29546059/analysis-of-patient-dependent-and-trauma-dependent-risk-factors-for-persistent-brachial-plexus-injury-after-shoulder-dislocation
#10
Olga Gutkowska, Jacek Martynkiewicz, Marek Stępniewski, Jerzy Gosk
Brachial plexus injuries (BPIs) caused by shoulder dislocation usually have a transient character and tend to resolve spontaneously. However, in some patients the symptoms can persist and require operative intervention. This work aims to determine the risk factors for persistent BPIs resulting from shoulder dislocation. The study comprised 73 patients (58 men, 15 women; mean age: 50 years) treated operatively between the years 2000 and 2016 for persistent BPIs resulting from shoulder dislocation. Patient age, gender, type of initial trauma, number of affected nerves, presence of accompanying injuries, and time interval from dislocation to its reduction were analysed...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29535876/ultrasound-guided-interscalene-catheter-complicated-by-persistent-phrenic-nerve-palsy
#11
Andrew T Koogler, Michael Kushelev
A 76-year-old male presented for reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) in the beach chair position. A preoperative interscalene nerve catheter was placed under direct ultrasound-guidance utilizing a posterior in-plane approach. On POD 2, the catheter was removed. Three weeks postoperatively, the patient reported worsening dyspnea with a subsequent chest X-ray demonstrating an elevated right hemidiaphragm. Pulmonary function testing revealed worsening deficit from presurgical values consistent with phrenic nerve palsy...
2018: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477681/surgical-missteps-in-the-management-of-venous-thoracic-outlet-syndrome-which-lead-to-reoperation
#12
Meena M Archie, Johnathon C Rollo, Hugh A Gelabert
INTRODUCTION: Surgical management of spontaneous subclavian thrombosis due to venous thoracic outlet syndrome (vTOS) results in durable relief of symptoms. The need to re-operate is rare. We report our experience with re-operation for vTOS. METHODS: Patients evaluated for vTOS between 1996 and 2016 were identified in a prospective database. Data recorded included demographics, initial presentation, initial surgery, recurrent presentation, re-operation, and final outcomes...
February 22, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29473814/restoration-of-shoulder-motion-using-single-versus-dual-nerve-repair-in-obstetrical-brachial-plexus-injury
#13
Alain Joe Azzi, Hassan AlNaeem, Camille Aubin-Lemay, Julie Chakriya Kvann, Peter Alam, Helene Retrouvey, Salah Aldekhayel, Teanoosh Zadeh
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to compare shoulder abduction and external rotation (ER) after single-nerve repair of the upper trunk alone versus dual-nerve repair of both the upper trunk and the suprascapular nerve. METHODS A retrospective chart review of a single surgeon's experience repairing obstetrical brachial plexus injuries between June 1995 and June 2015 was performed. Eight patients underwent repair of the upper trunk alone, and 10 patients underwent repair of the upper trunk and the suprascapular nerve...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451212/is-it-necessary-to-use-the-entire-root-as-a-donor-when-transferring-contralateral-c-7-nerve-to-repair-median-nerve
#14
Kai-Ming Gao, Jie Lao, Wen-Jie Guan, Jing-Jing Hu
If a partial contralateral C 7 nerve is transferred to a recipient injured nerve, results are not satisfactory. However, if an entire contralateral C 7 nerve is used to repair two nerves, both recipient nerves show good recovery. These findings seem contradictory, as the above two methods use the same donor nerve, only the cutting method of the contralateral C 7 nerve is different. To verify whether this can actually result in different repair effects, we divided rats with right total brachial plexus injury into three groups...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444175/tomographic-optical-imaging-of-cortical-responses-after-crossing-nerve-transfer-in-mice
#15
Keiichi Maniwa, Haruyoshi Yamashita, Hiroaki Tsukano, Ryuichi Hishida, Naoto Endo, Minoru Shibata, Katsuei Shibuki
To understand the neural mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of crossing nerve transfer for brachial plexus injuries in human patients, we investigated the cortical responses after crossing nerve transfer in mice using conventional and tomographic optical imaging. The distal cut ends of the left median and ulnar nerves were connected to the central cut ends of the right median and ulnar nerves with a sciatic nerve graft at 8 weeks of age. Eight weeks after the operation, the responses in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) elicited by vibratory stimulation applied to the left forepaw were visualized based on activity-dependent flavoprotein fluorescence changes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434794/biomechanical-analysis-of-brachial-plexus-injury-availability-of-three-dimensional-finite-element-model-of-the-brachial-plexus
#16
Atsushi Mihara, Tsukasa Kanchiku, Norihiro Nishida, Haruki Tagawa, Junji Ohgi, Hidenori Suzuki, Yasuaki Imajo, Masahiro Funaba, Daisuke Nakashima, Xian Chen, Toshihiko Taguchi
Adult brachial plexus injuries frequently lead to significant and permanent physical disabilities. Investigating the mechanism of the injury using biomechanical approaches may lead to further knowledge with regard to preventing brachial plexus injuries. However, there are no reports of biomechanical studies of brachial plexus injuries till date. Therefore, the present study used a complex three-dimensional finite element model (3D-FEM) of the brachial plexus to analyze the mechanism of brachial plexus injury and to assess the validity of the model...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421066/complications-in-surgery-for-brachial-plexus-birth-injury-avoidance-and-treatment
#17
REVIEW
John A I Grossman, Andrew Price, Harvey Chim
Brachial plexus birth injuries are rare, with treatment and follow-up often required from infancy until skeletal maturity. We review complications that may occur related to primary nerve surgery or secondary musculoskeletal procedures, and discuss how these may be avoided.
February 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29400678/a-comparative-study-of-rehabilitation-therapy-in-traumatic-upper-limb-peripheral-nerve-injuries
#18
Cristian Milicin, Elena Sîrbu
INTRODUCTION: Lower motor neurons are the only neurons of the central nervous system (CNS) with the ability to regenerate without any intervention after an axotomy. AIM: This present study was conducted to analyze clinical and electrophysiological parameters in four groups of upper limb peripheral neuropathies, before and after treatment, comparing the results obtained after three cures of complex rehabilitation therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selected a number of 107 patients (66 women and 41 men) aged between 29 and 77 years (mean age = 49...
2018: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395588/retropharyngeal-contralateral-c7-nerve-transfer-to-the-lower-trunk-for-brachial-plexus-birth-injury-technique-and-results
#19
Anthony T Vu, Darlene M Sparkman, Christopher J van Belle, Kevin P Yakuboff, Ann R Schwentker
PURPOSE: Brachial plexus birth injuries with multiple nerve root avulsions present a particularly difficult reconstructive challenge because of the limited availability of donor nerves. The contralateral C7 has been described for brachial plexus reconstruction in adults but has not been well-studied in the pediatric population. We present our technique and results for retropharyngeal contralateral C7 nerve transfer to the lower trunk for brachial plexus birth injury. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29372877/early-nerve-repair-in-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injuries-in-adults-treatment-algorithm-and-first-experiences
#20
Willem Pondaag, Finn Y van Driest, Justus L Groen, Martijn J A Malessy
OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to assess the advantages and disadvantages of early nerve repair within 2 weeks following adult traumatic brachial plexus injury (ATBPI). METHODS From 2009 onwards, the authors have strived to repair as early as possible extended C-5 to C-8 or T-1 lesions or complete loss of C-5 to C-6 or C-7 function in patients in whom there was clinical and radiological suspicion of root avulsion. Among a group of 36 patients surgically treated in the period between 2009 and 2011, surgical findings in those who had undergone treatment within 2 weeks after trauma were retrospectively compared with results in those who had undergone delayed treatment...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
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