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Thoracodorsal nerve transfer in brachial plexus traction injuries


MAY 20, 1994

Clinical Neuroscience - 1994;47(05-06)

In the majority of cases of the brachial plexus traction injury the only possibility for nerve repair is a nerve transfer. The prognosis for surgical treatment in cases of upper brachial palsy is somewhat better than in cases of total palsy because of better possibilities for reinnervation using regional intact collateral branches of the brachial plexus as donors. Volpius and Stoffel, in 1920, and Foerster in 1929 used these nerves in repair of the axillary and musculocutaneous nerves. The imperfections of the other methods of nerve transfer led us back to these procedures, especially to the thoracodorsal nerve transfer.


  1. Institute of Neurosurgery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia



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