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Orthop Clin North Am. 2014 Jan;45(1):47-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2013.09.006. Epub 2013 Oct 31.

Perioperative upper extremity peripheral nerve traction injuries.

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 1800 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA. Electronic address:


Peripheral nerve traction injuries may occur after surgical care and can involve any of the upper extremity large peripheral nerves. In this review, injuries after shoulder or elbow surgical intervention are discussed. Understanding the varying mechanisms of injury as well as classification is imperative for preoperative risk stratification as well as management.

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Perioperative; Peripheral nerve; Traction injuries; Upper extremity

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