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Is there an option other than surgery for my first rib dislocation that caused brachial plexus and sympathetic nerve issues in my face? Sad mess!

Is there an option other than surgery for my first rib dislocation that caused brachial plexus and sympathetic nerve issues in my face? Sad mess!

Unfortunate: Yes first rib injuries are rare, if it happens, is always associated with severe injuries, to other structures as in your case. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Horners Syndrome (Definition)

Is the combination of drooping of the eyelid (ptosis) and constriction of the pupil (miosis), sometimes accompanied by decreased sweating (anhidrosis) of the face on the same side; redness of the conjunctiva of the eye ...Read more


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Horners syndrome stage 3 fr surgeon severing symphatic nerve during neck surgery don't sweat on rt side pittosis miosis any hope 4 a normal face again?

Horners syndrome stage 3 fr surgeon severing symphatic nerve during neck surgery don't sweat on rt side pittosis miosis any hope 4 a normal face again?

Unsure: If they completely severed the trunk, then unlikely that you will have a good recovery. If things do not recover, cosmetics can be helpful. There are cosmetic surgeries to consider for ptosis, as well, if the miosis if really bothersome, color contact lenses can hide this. ...Read more

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Can thoracic outlet syndrome or any other brachial plexus issues cause scapular instability/winging?

Can thoracic outlet syndrome or any other brachial plexus issues cause scapular instability/winging?

Winged Scapula: A "winged scapula" is a result of injury to the long thoracic nerve which innervates the serratus anterior muscle. The long thoracic nerve is made up of portions of the brachial plexus, namely cervical roots 5, 6, 7, so in theory, a brachial plexus injury can cause a winged scapula but it is unlikely to be in isolation of other nerve problems. Winged scapula is not typical in thoracic outlet. ...Read more

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Can horners syndrome cause headaches?

Can horners syndrome cause headaches?

Carotid dissection: If the horners is related to carotid dissection you might also experience headache. Treatment for the initial cause of horners such as pancoast tumor might have side effect of headache. These are serious symptoms. Seek medical attention if you have not done so. ...Read more

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Could horners syndrome cause cluster headaches?

Could horners syndrome cause cluster headaches?

Cluster HA: Http://ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/horner-syndrome

associated with migraine headache: the signs and. Symptoms of horner syndrome can also occur during a migraine headache. When the headache is gone, the signs and symptoms of horner syndrome usually also go away. Cluster headache are piercing pain behind one eye. ...Read more

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What causes horners syndrome?

What causes horners syndrome?

Horner's syndrome.: Damage to a pathway in the Sympathetic Nervous System, either the pathway from the Hypothalamus to upper part of Spinal cord, from the Spinal column to the side of the neck, or from there to the muscles of the eye & skin of face. ...Read more

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If I have thoracic outlet syndrome because of my brachial plexus, can my pinky go out for like 5min but regain it and it feel sluggish for about an hr?

Not quite.: Tos is usually characterized by neurologic symptoms in the distribution you describe but it normally involves more than the pinky finger. ...Read more

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My little brother has brachial plexus injury. What could cause it?

My little brother has brachial plexus injury. What could cause it?

Several causes: The brachial plexus is a complex of nerves arising from the neck and innervating the upper back, and arm. This can be injured by puncture wounds, direct trauma or falling asleep when intoxicated with the arm over the edge of a chair. Many important functions are served by this set of nerves. If you have concerns about this, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment if possible. ...Read more

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Did I do something wrong during the pregnancy to cause my child to have a brachial plexus injury?

Did I do something wrong during the pregnancy to cause my child to have a brachial plexus injury?

No: A brachial plexus injury is usually caused during a difficult delivery it is not something that happened during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the tests needed to know if you have brachial plexus nerve disorder/impingement/compression/pinched/throacic outlet syndorme? And is EMG safe

What are the tests needed to know if you have brachial plexus nerve disorder/impingement/compression/pinched/throacic outlet syndorme? And is EMG safe

EMG/MRI/DxUltrasound: Depending upon the severity, a brachial plexus nerve injury can be assessed using several methods. If there is weakness then an EMG/NCS can be done to localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy. An MRI can localize a lesion and provide additional information about the integrity of the surrounding soft tissue. A diagnostic ultrasound provides real-time imaging of soft tissues. ...Read more

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Could stress cause my cervical/brachial plexus to flare up as well as surrounding muscles to cause pain and almost a burning sensation?

Could stress cause my cervical/brachial plexus to flare up as well as surrounding muscles to cause pain and almost a burning sensation?

Yes.: Stress causes spasms of muscles of the back or of the neck and can cause tension headache. Depending on the muscles involved it can cause the neck and spinal muscles to tighten and compress the nerves and cause symptoms of nerve compression which is what you have. ...Read more

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My first rib injury two years ago has caused brachial plexus injury as well. I know there are drugs and took gabapentin. What else besides drugs?

My first rib injury two years ago has caused brachial plexus injury as well. I know there are drugs and took gabapentin. What else besides drugs?

PT, massage, acupunc: You may wish to try, in addition to your pt, acupuncture, and or massage therapy. Don't do anything without consulting with the physician familiar with your injury first. Best wish for a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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L side Brachial plexus sugery. Post op7 month still hyperactive gastric and abd squeezing tight pain. Constipation weight loss worst with food. Cause?

L side Brachial plexus sugery. Post op7 month still hyperactive gastric and abd squeezing tight pain. Constipation weight loss worst with food. Cause?

Please repost: Please clarify your question. What does "hyperactive gastric" mean, and in what way is your brachial plexus (which is in your left shoulder) related to your symptoms, which don't sound like they have any connection with your brachial plexus? ...Read more

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My doc says I have horners syndrome is it commonly benign commonly? One pupil doesn't constrict as much as the other

My doc says I have horners syndrome is it commonly benign commonly? One pupil doesn't constrict as much as the other

Is it ONLY the pupil: In order to diagnose Horner"s you must have the other symptoms. If it is only the pupil, we look for entirely different things. WHAT DID THE DR TELL YOU???? There are a variety of different things to consider if you have only pupil change, and an entirely different list of considerations if it is Horner's. Some of them are important and serious. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about horners syndrome?

Sympathtic dysfuncti: Horner's is a complex of eye findings-lid droop, pupillary narrowing, diminished sweating - caused by a disturbance of the sympathetic nerve supply to the eye. Almost always on one side only. Can be caused by forceps for birth, tumors in the upper chest (usually lung cancer), vascular lesions in the neck and trauma. Some relief with proper treatment - see your neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I had fusion surgery 3 months ago and still have weakness and also had horners syndrome after so they did another mri this was the results Post surg?

I had fusion surgery 3 months ago and still have weakness and also had horners syndrome after so they did another mri this was the results Post surg?

Unsure question: It isn't clear what is being asked. Given that you have had both a surgery and a follow up, it seems prudent for you to query your attending physician (s) involved in your care for any questions regarding therapeutic expectations and those surrounding the additional imaging studies. ...Read more

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What can I do for treatment if horners syndrome?

Horners Syndrome: Treatment depends on the cause of horners syndrome. ...Read more

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I have horners syndrome. How do they dilate pupils?

Horner's: We have meds that dilate the pupil but you have damage to the sympathetic nerve that they work on either centrally, congentially or peripherally. It is best to fix the cause if you can. ...Read more

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Is there a tie between horners syndrome and eyes?

Many: Horner's syndrome, a complex of drooping eyelid (ptosis), constricted pupil (miosis) and reduced sweating of one side of the face (anhidrosis) can be caused by many things, including tumors on top of the lung, or anything that compresses certain nerves in the head and neck. In addition to falling lid, dryness of the eye & inadequate blink can alter vision. Advise you seek care immediately! ...Read more

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In horners syndrome, does the miotic pupil remain a constant size or does it also respond to variations in light level?

It still responds: In Horner's syndrome the pupil can still dilate to varying intensities of darkness but just not as forcefully or briskly as the normal eye. Another way to put it is that depending upon the severity of the sympathetic pathway interruption pupillodilatory muscle activity can be affected anywhere from mildly to severely or even paralyzed. Only seen dilation paralysis a few times but it can happen. ...Read more

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What is horners syndrome?

What is horners syndrome?

See below: Horner's syndrome is a constellation of findings including eyelid drooping (ptosis), constriction of the pupils (miosis), and decreased sweat (anhidrosis) on the same side of the face. It's caused by a problem in the nervous system. Occasionally it can be from a cancer pushing on the nerves in the chest that feed the face. ...Read more

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What makes horners syndrome occur?

What makes horners syndrome occur?

Several things: Horner's is a complex of eye findings-lid droop, pupillary narrowing, diminished sweating - caused by a disturbance of the sympathetic nerve supply to the eye. Almost always on one side only. Can be caused by forceps for birth, tumors in the upper chest (usually lung cancer), vascular lesions in the neck and trauma. Some relief with proper treatment - see your neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can you acquire horners syndrome?

Injury or illness: Horner's syndrome is caused by damage or dysfunction of a nerve that afffects eyelid movement, pupil constriction and sweating. It can be aquired in many ways a few of which are trauma to the neck or tumor in the chest. It is important to see a physician for new horner's syndrome of unknown cause. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: horners syndrome?

Horners Syndrome: Is the combination of drooping of the eyelid (ptosis) and constriction of the pupil (miosis), sometimes accompanied by decreased sweating (anhidrosis) of the face on the same side; redness of the conjunctiva of the eye is often also present. ...Read more

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Why does doctors won't order a CT scan of brain and spinal tap to find out what is causing my horners syndrome to make sure if it is a tumor or not?

Why does doctors won't order a CT scan of brain and spinal tap to find out what is causing my horners syndrome to make sure if it is a tumor or not?

Need to confirm: If your doctor has not found the cause, you should consider a second opinion with help from your family doctor. A neurologist can be more helpful....The cause is more likely to be in upper chest or neck. So an examination of the neck and ct scan of chest may be more useful than ct scan of the brain. ...Read more

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Brachial plexus injury how long for recovery?

Brachial plexus injury how long for recovery?

For whom?: A brachial plexus injury in an adult or in a newborn after delivery? Consider re-phrasing your question with that specified. ...Read more

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How can increase strength for brachial plexus injury?

How can increase strength for brachial plexus injury?

Therapy: Nerves will heal over time but full strength will slowly follow. It can take up to a year for a major nerve injury to heal. Continue to use the affected muscles. This will promote nerve growth and reorganization. Physical therapy does not end when you are discharged. You will need to continue your home program. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with brachial plexus injury?

What are the symptoms associated with brachial plexus injury?

Pain, numb, weak: A brachial plexus injury is a nerve injury. Resulting symptoms can include nerve pain (typically a burning sensation), numbness, tingling and weakness of the upper extremity. Fortunately, most brachial plexus injuries heal simply with time, in a matter of hours to months, depending on severity. Treatment of your symptoms can be directed by your physician. ...Read more

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What are good ways to boost strength for brachial plexus injury?

Therapy: Assuming your diagnosis is correct and you have been evaluated then physical therapy would be prudent. Exercises can be given that will allow you to strengthen the affected limb. ...Read more

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Can splint help a brachial plexus injury?

Can splint help a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: When of the methods to treat brachial plexus injury is to use splints to avoid contractures. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for a brachial plexus injury?

What are your treatment options for a brachial plexus injury?

Varieble: If acute, might use steroids, but if chronic, analgesics, and physical therapy. If thoracic outlet syndrome, maybe Feldenkries postural therapy, but if unresponsive, perhaps surgical decompression. If rootlets avulsed from spinal cord, no reversibility, and must treat with palliation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: brachial plexus mri?

What is the definition or description of: brachial plexus mri?

More detailed: It is immaging sprcific to the area of the brachial plexus. Done as a reg mr in same machine tho you may have a coil arount the area to help the mr see.

Done for a problem in that area. Like aiming a gun. You have the magnatron aimed at the plexus and very detailed immages from many angles are made.

Top-bottem, side-side and front-back. Very precise. ...Read more

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But is there any chance that a brachial plexus in the hand does not heal??

But is there any chance that a brachial plexus in the hand does not heal??

Difficult to say: As you haven't really provided us any details about the nature/extent of your brachial plexus injury/issue. But be aware, that with any nerve issue, there is a chance that it may not fully heal. If you are worried, you should review this with your surgeon and/or neurologist. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How do babies get brachial plexus injuries, does this happen if they are abused?

How do babies get brachial plexus injuries, does this happen if they are abused?

Sure, it can: Brachial plexus injury means an injury to the bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus. It hides up between your neck and into your armpit area. The inure occurs by physically damaging the nerves, usually by stretching. Think a baby's shoulder being yanked oduring delivery. Of course someone could abuse a baby with similar forces and cause a similar injury. ...Read more

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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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Can brachial plexus injuries be repaired a year after injury? Can neck injuries be surgically repaired several months after injury?

Can brachial plexus injuries be repaired a year after injury? Can neck injuries be surgically repaired several months after injury?

No: Generally, injuries to nerves or the spinal cord are more amenable to repair when the intervention occurs very soon after the injury. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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