Adult brachial plexus injuries: Mechanism, patterns of injury, and physical diagnosis

Steven L. Moran, Scott P. Steinmann, Alexander Y. Shin

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Most brachial plexus injuries involve the entire plexus. An injury to major cords or branches often contains a mixed injury pattern, with portions of the nerve being avulsed, ruptured, or stretched. An advancing Tinel's sign implies the possibility of neurologic recovery; however, the surgeon should combine this physical finding with that of electrodiagnostic studies to assess the extent of nerve injury to allow for expedient surgical intervention when necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages12
JournalHand Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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