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Brachial Plexus Injury

Tabitha A. Washington, Khalilah Brown and Gilbert Fanciullo

in Pain

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Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827602
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199827602.003.0007

Series: What Do I Do Now

Brachial Plexus Injury

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Brachial plexus injuries are most commonly due to trauma, of which, motor cycle accidents are the most common. Men are most frequently affected. Other causes can include; penetrating or sports related injuries, falls, work related accidents, radiation therapy and iatrogenic causes (ie, first rib resection, shoulder surgery, interventional radiology). The most common mechanism of injury is a traction injury due to forceful separation of the neck from the shoulder. Persistent brachial plexus pain is often treated in a fashion similar to neuropathic pain.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Pain Medicine

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