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Journal of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand 2017;22(3):137-146.
Published online September 30, 2017.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12790/jkssh.2017.22.3.137   
Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury: Preoperative Evaluation and Treatment Principles
Jae Sung Yoo, Sung Bae Park, Jong Phil Kim
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. kimjp@dankook.ac.kr
Received: 25 August 2017   • Revised: 10 September 2017   • Accepted: 11 September 2017
Brachial plexus injury is regarded as one of the most devastating injuries of the upper extremity. Accurate diagnosis is important to obtain the successful results. Basic preoperative evaluation includes simple radiography, cervical myelography. Magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, electrophysiologic studies and intraoperative studies. Furthermore, proper timing of surgery, surgical indication, plan and sufficient understanding of patients about the prognosis are the key for the satisfactory outcomes. This article provides an overview of the evaluation, diagnosis, intraoperative monitoring, and proper surgical planning for the treatment of posttraumatic brachial plexus injuries.

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