Traumatic Injuries of the Adult Brachial Plexus


The increasing frequency and often devastating outcomes of traumatic injuries of the brachial plexus in adults make an understanding of these injuries important, and the orthopaedic surgeon should be familiar with their pathoanatomy and diagnostic evaluation. Such injuries may be successfully treatable through advances in microsurgical techniques, including nerve grafting, nerve transfer, and free muscle transfer, for the restoration of shoulder and elbow function as well as manual prehension.

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