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What exactly is brachial plexus neuropathy?

What exactly is brachial plexus neuropathy?

Pain: It occurs when there is damage to the brachial plexus, an area where a nerve bundle from the spinal cord splits into the individual arm nerves. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually related to direct injury to the nerve, stretching injuries (including birth trauma), pressure from tumors in the area, or damage that results from radiation therapy. ...Read more

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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Could taking lyrica (pregabalin) affect the results of an mr neurography study? Brachial plexus neuropathy...

Could taking lyrica (pregabalin) affect the results of an mr neurography study? Brachial plexus neuropathy...

Good Question: This is a great question. I have not been able to find any research suggesting that Lyrica (pregabalin) could affect the results of an mr neurogram. Mr neurograms are relatively new, so I'm sure more information on this will become available soon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of brachial plexus nerve damage?

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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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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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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Where is your brachial plexus nerve?

Where is your brachial plexus nerve?

Not single nerve: Brachial plexus is a group/cluster of nerves connecting cervical spinal cord and an arm. The major nerves involved include median, ulnar, and radial, but also axillary and supra scapular. The bulk of the plexus itself in located in the shoulder region. ...Read more

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What is brachial plexus injury?

What is brachial plexus injury?

Nerve damage: 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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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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Please name the treatment brachial plexus injury?

Please name the treatment brachial plexus injury?

Variety of therapies: But for thoracic outlet syndrome, pectoralis minor syndrome, and brachial plexus stretch injuries, find FELDENKREIS approach very useful. Hope that is what you seek. ...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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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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If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?

If my first son had a brachial plexus injury at birth, what are the chances that my next child will as well?

Variable: In general, brachial plexus injury is not felt to be hereditary. However, depending on the cause of the injury, there may be increased risk with subsequent pregnancies. For example, if the woman has an unusually small pelvis, or tendency to have unusually large babies (e.g., due to diabetes) the chance for difficulty during vaginal delivery, and subsequent brachial plexus injury, is increased. ...Read more

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What are the names of the muscles in your neck that when enlarged, can compress the brachial plexus if you've been working out too much?

What are the names of the muscles in your neck that when enlarged, can compress the brachial plexus if you've been working out too much?

Scalene: The anterior, middle and posterior scalene muscles are the group that is split by the brachial plexus as it moves out of the neck to supply nerves to the arm. ...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

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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How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?

How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?

Complex: Brachial plexus repair is complex. Repair earlier than 9-12 months is associated with better outcomes, if repair is possible. ...Read more

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Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

Baby has brachial plexus injury. Why?

Orthopedic surgeon: He will take it fro you, it will okay. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is a brachial plexus injury like?

What is a brachial plexus injury like?

Arm paralysis.: Brachial plexus injuries (usually congenital) are serious morbid conditions resulting from trauma on the nerves travelling from the neck to the arm. They cause permanent paralysis of the affected arm. Physical therapy can help. Fortunately, this complication occurs very rarely even in cases of shoulder dystocia; its overall incidence is 0.04 to 0.2% of live births. ...Read more

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What are the tests for brachial plexus injury?

What are the tests for brachial plexus injury?

EMG/NCS: Electromyography combined with a nerve conduction study is the standard of care test for a brachial plexus injury. However, the test may not abnormal unless the injury occurred 2-3 weeks or more prior to the test. An MRI can detect more severe brachial plexus injuries. Of course, no test is a substitute for a good history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brachial plexus injury.?

Describe the features of a brachial plexus injury.?

Can be bad: Traumatic brachial plexus injuries such as those from motor vehicle accidents cause severe weakness and paralysis of the upper extremity. In it's worst instance, the nerve roots can be avulsed from the spinal cord causing this condition. It can require nerve transfers and complex nerve repair surgery by a specialist in this type of injury. ...Read more

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What does a doc do for brachial plexus?

What does a doc do for brachial plexus?

Treat symptoms: Inflammation of the plexus due to an immune rxtn (parsonage-turner) is often treated with steroids. Trauma to the arm and shoulder affecting the plexus might use pt, pain pills, muscle relaxers, nerve pain suppressors (like opioids, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, gabapentin). Occas., MRI reveals blood, infection, or a tumor, and these situations may receive an operation. Thoracic outlet may be operative. ...Read more

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Are brachial plexus injuries hereditary?

Are brachial plexus injuries hereditary?

No: The cervical plexus can be stretched during delivery. After the head is out, it is pulled forward & angled up or down to get the shoulders & rest of baby out. If the plexus responds with swelling around the nerves, transient loss of function (dys/wks) may be found. If the nerves are damaged by the stretch, nerves may be permanently damaged. This is birth trauma any kid could get. It is not hereditary. ...Read more

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How to increase healing for brachial plexus injury?

How to increase healing for brachial plexus injury?

Let explain: To increase the healing of the brachial plexus injury, first you diagnose it early and treat accordingly, from splinting to major surgery, this way you assure the healing. Some of the injury will recover even if you do that, this way you maximize the healing potential. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of brachial plexus injuries?

So what are the symptoms of brachial plexus injuries?

Many: Weakness of the arm or hand, numbness, tingling, pain in the arm, burning sensation in the arm or hand, paralysis of the arm or hand, atrophy of the muscles of the arm or hand, and many others. ...Read more

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What's a natural way to treat brachial plexus injuries?

What's a natural way to treat brachial plexus injuries?

Therapy: Brachial plexus injuries are such significant injuries, they should not be treated without a licensed therapist. While it seems you may be able to do this on your own, these injuries are so devastating, they require special therapy and knowledge to improve your function. S. ...Read more

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Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Yes: When there is damage to higher brachial plexuses (involving cervical 4 part of spinal cord), it can cause see-saw breathing from the involvement of one or both sides of the diaphragm; if there is pneumothorax (air leak) because of rupture of pleura (lung cover) from the fracture of collar bone (clavicle), it can cause of severe pain and respiratory difficulty (can be life threatening), also. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a brachial plexus injury?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a brachial plexus injury?

Brachial plexus: Injury to the nerves that come out of the spine & go to the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist & hand. ...Read more

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How much time does a brachial plexus injury need a time for recovery after having a surgery?

How much time does a brachial plexus injury need a time for recovery after having a surgery?

Brachial plexus inju: The recovery is really based on what was done at surgery. If the surgery was neurolysis then the time is 3-6 months. If a graft was placed in the repair these take much longer, up to a year postop ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

Weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in ...Read more