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Brachial Plexus Injury 

Brachial Plexus Injury
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Brachial Plexus Injury
Author(s):

Tabitha A. Washington

, Khalilah Brown

, and Gilbert Fanciullo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199827602.003.0007
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date: 17 August 2019

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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