The prefixed and postfixed brachial plexus

A review with surgical implications

Megan Pellerin, Zachary Kimball, R. Shane Tubbs, Snow Nguyen, Petru Matusz, Aaron Cohen-Gadol, Marios Loukas

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Abstract

Abstract The definition of a pre and postfixed brachial plexus is varied in the literature, which results in inconsistent conclusions for various studies. As anatomical variation is important both during clinical evaluation and surgical procedures of the brachial plexus, a review of this literature was performed. Based on our review, variation in the contribution to the brachial plexus is more the rule than the exception. These variations may lead to deviation from the expected dermatome distribution as well as differences in the motor innervation of muscles of the upper limb. Such variations may predispose patients to certain pathology such as thoracic outlet syndrome and may alter surgical approaches to the brachial plexus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
JournalSurgical and Radiologic Anatomy
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
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Keywords

  • C4 spinal nerve
  • Prefixed and postfixed brachial plexus
  • T2 spinal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)

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The prefixed and postfixed brachial plexus : A review with surgical implications. / Pellerin, Megan; Kimball, Zachary; Tubbs, R. Shane; Nguyen, Snow; Matusz, Petru; Cohen-Gadol, Aaron; Loukas, Marios.

In: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, Vol. 32, No. 3, 03.2010, p. 251-260.

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Pellerin, Megan ; Kimball, Zachary ; Tubbs, R. Shane ; Nguyen, Snow ; Matusz, Petru ; Cohen-Gadol, Aaron ; Loukas, Marios. / The prefixed and postfixed brachial plexus : A review with surgical implications. In: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy. 2010 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 251-260.
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