Article Access statistics

Viewed: 868

Emailed: 0

PDF Downloaded: 251

IP Indian Journal of Neurosciences

Neurotization in brachial plexus injury – A 3 year experience in tertiary government institution

Full Text PDF Share on Facebook Share on Twitter


Author Details : Rajeev M.P., Premkumar Sasi, Pavitharan V.M., Pravin Yashwant Waykule

Volume : 4, Issue : 1, Year : 2018

Article Page : 18-22

Suggest article by email


Introduction: Brachial plexus injuries are devastating injuries which leaves patient with useless upper limb. Many poor patients with these injuries attending the government hospitals in the hope of treatment, but very few government hospitals are operating such patients. Neurotization is very effective treatment among all other methods.
Materials and Methods: This is retrospective study. Between February 2014 and May 2017, total 13 patients with brachial plexus injuries underwent neurotization in our department. Inclusion criterias were injuries to the upper spinal roots (C5, C6, C7), Surgery within 3 to 12months of injury and Minimum follow up period of 12 months. Neurotization procedures were used for shoulder included transfer of spinal accessory nerve to suprascapular nerve in 12 patients, Somsak procedure in 4 patients, for elbow included Oberlin 1 procedure in 6 patients, oberline 2 procedure in 5 patients, Intercostal nerves to musculocutaneous nerve in4 patients.
Results: Medical Research Council (MRC) scoring system was used to assess motor recovery. Results for shoulder and elbow function recovery seen as excellent in 1 (7.69%) and 3(23.07%), good in 1 (7.69%) and 4 (30.76%), fair in 5 (38.46%) and 6 (46.15%), poor in 6(46.15%) and 0 patients respectively.
Conclusions: Neurotization is a simple and elegant procedure. Young patients with short denervation time, intraplexal and direct nerve transfers close to the target muscle decides the good functional outcome.

: Brachial plexus injury, Neurotization, Denervation time, Somsak and Oberline procedures.


Doi : 10.18231/.2018.0005

How to cite : M.p. R, Sasi P, V.m. P, Waykule P Y, Neurotization in brachial plexus injury – A 3 year experience in tertiary government institution. IP Indian J Neurosci 2018;4(1):18-22

Copyright © 2018 by author(s) and IP Indian J Neurosci. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (