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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Jun;88(6):756-9.

The effects of operative delay on the relief of neuropathic pain after injury to the brachial plexus: a review of 148 cases.

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The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, England.


We investigated the effect of delay before nerve repair on neuropathic pain after injury to the brachial plexus. We studied 148 patients, 85 prospectively and 63 retrospectively. The mean number of avulsed spinal nerves was 3.2 (1 to 5). Pain was measured by a linear visual analogue scale and by the peripheral nerve injury scale. Early repair was more effective than delayed repair in the relief from pain and there was a strong correlation between functional recovery and relief from pain.

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