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Hand Clin. 2005 Feb;21(1):13-24.

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

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Division of Hand Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. moran.steven@mayo.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
15668062
DOI:
10.1016/j.hcl.2004.09.004
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