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Peripheral Nerve Injury 

Peripheral Nerve Injury
Chapter:
Peripheral Nerve Injury
Author(s):

Marnie B. Welch

and Chad M. Brummett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199895724.003.0010
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date: 22 February 2020

“Chapter 10 discusses perioperative peripheral nerve injury, which is a serious complication, accounting for significant patient morbidity. It represents the third most commonly recognized cause of anesthesia litigation and 16% of all American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) closed claims. Excluding obvious surgical causes, such as direct trauma, retraction, postoperative casting, and compressive wraps, perioperative nerve injuries can occur in a variety of ways, often being multifactorial and without a clear mechanism, and covers pathologic mechanisms at the physiological level of the nerve that lead to patient symptoms: direct trauma, stretch, compression, generalized ischemia, metabolic abnormalities, and environmental abnormalities.”

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