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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean To Have Brachial Plexus Palsy And Peripheral Nerve Injury

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What does it mean to have brachial plexus palsy and peripheral nerve injury?

What does it mean to have brachial plexus palsy and peripheral nerve injury?

Related: Peripheral nerve damage is damage to both the nerve and the surrounding tissue since the nervous system is characterized by dependence of neurons on their supporting glia. Brachial plexus dysfunction (brachial plexopathy) is a form of peripheral neuropathy. It occurs when there is damage to the brachial plexus, an area where a nerve bundle from the spinal cord splits into each arm nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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There are different degrees of peripheral nerve injury, how can one tell what degree they might have?

There are different degrees of peripheral nerve injury, how can one tell what degree they might have?

Depends on symptoms: When there is tingling, the nerve damage is normally light. When there is numbness, it is often moderate. When there is weakness, it is severe. This is a rough guideline though. The duration of symptoms and mechanism of the injury are also important factors. http://www.neurocuro.com/peripheral-nerve-entrapment/ ...Read more

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Why would a peripheral nerve injury cause loss of both sensory and motor functions?

Why would a peripheral nerve injury cause loss of both sensory and motor functions?

Injury location: Although specific sensory branches go to skin and motor branches go to muscle, the main nerve trunks contain both. These large cables split off smaller branches that contain only sensory or motor nerve cells. If an injury occurs on the skin, sensantion nearby is affected. If a small motor nerve is injured, nearby muscles are paralyzed. But if a large nerve is injured, both can occur. ...Read more

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What to do for first aid for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What to do for first aid for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Nerve damage: A brachial plexus nerve injury is a serious injury and can range just a mild stretch injury to disruption of a nerve which could mean a surgical exploration is necessary to repair it. There is no "first aid" available but in the milder injuries physical therapy is helpful. ...Read more

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What kind of first aid is needed for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What kind of first aid is needed for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Physical therapy: Acutely, there is little to do for a closed brachial plexus stretch injury. Most neurosurgeons will watch these for recovery of sensation and/or movement. If there is no improvement after 3-6 months, surgeons may explore these and remove scar and possibly do nerve grafts across the injured part. Acutely with open injuries, some may surgically explore and attempt to repair the nerve. ...Read more

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What is procedure for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

What is procedure for a brachial plexus nerve injury?

Several options: A brachial plexus repair with nerve grafting can be done. If you are already post-op or not a surgical candidate then spinal cord stimulation or peripheral nerve stimulation can be done to help control your pain. ...Read more

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Can ncv alone detect nerve damage in the brachial plexus ? Or emg is also required .?

Can ncv alone detect nerve damage in the brachial plexus ? Or emg is also required .?

Both. : While nerve conduction velocities can often diagnose and pinpoint a brachial plexus injury, adding an EMG will give you the best results in terms of obtaining a diagnosis and determining the best method of treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of brachial plexus nerve damage ?

It varies. : Symptoms can include severe pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected arm and shoulder. Make an appointment to see your physician if you're concerned. ...Read more

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I was shot through neck in 05 with a 40 cal bullet. went through my brachial plexus have nerve damage through right arm and hand. scartissue block bl

I was shot through neck in 05 with a 40 cal bullet. went through my brachial plexus  have nerve damage through right arm and hand. scartissue block bl

Shot through neck: Sorry for what you have experienced. We can read the history you mention but there is no question. Please try to ask a direct question. A neurosurgeon may be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How often are an obstetric brachial plexus injury ( erbs palsy ) permanent?

How often are an obstetric brachial plexus injury ( erbs palsy ) permanent?

0.5-1.6%.: Overall incidence of congenital permanent brachial plexus injury is 0.04-0.2% of us live births. If you have shoulder dystocia, permanent injury to the brachial plexus is anticipated in 0.5-1.6% of cases. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more