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1 Brachial Plexus Dr. Sama-ul-Haque Dr. Nivin Sharaf

2 The brachial plexus is a somatic nerve plexus formed by intercommunications among the ventral rami of the lower four cervical nerves ( C 5 - C 8) and the first thoracic nerve (T 1). The plexus is responsible for the motor innervation to all of the muscles of the upper limb with the exception of the trapezius and levator scapula.), and the sensory innervation of the upper limb except an area just above the point of the shoulder (supplied by supraclavicular nerves) and the dorsal scapular area which is supplied by cutaneous branches of dorsal rami. BRACHILAL PLEXUS

3 Spinal Nerve

4 FORMATION OF THE BRACHIAL PLEXUS Roots –The ventral rami of spinal nerves C5 to T1 are referred to as the roots of the plexus. Trunks –Shortly after emerging from the intervertebral foramina, these 5 roots unite to form three trunks. –The ventral rami of C5 & C6 unite to form the Upper Trunk. –The ventral ramus of C 7 continues as the Middle Trunk. –The ventral rami of C 8 & T 1 unite to form the Lower Trunk. Divisions –Each trunk splits into an anterior division and a posterior division. –The anterior divisions usually supply flexor muscles –The posterior divisions usually supply extensor muscles

5 Location of Brachial plexus

6 Relations of Brachial plexus

7 FORMATION OF THE BRACHIAL PLEXUS CONT. Cords –The anterior divisions of the upper and middle trunks unite to form the lateral cord. –The anterior division of the lower trunk forms the medial cord. –All 3 posterior divisions from each of the 3 cords all unite to form the posterior cord. The cords are named according to their position relative to the axillary artery Terminal branches: Musculo Cutaneous Ulnar n. Median n. Axillary n. Radial n.


9 Relations of Brachial plexus

10 Brachial Plexus

11 Relation with Axillary Artery

12 Postfixed Brachial Plexus

13 Brachial Plexus Injuries The brachial plexus lies in the posterior triangle of the neck between the scalenus anterior and scalenus medius muscles. At the root of the neck, it lies behind the clavicle. The most common injury is severe traction with the arm in abduction e.g. after a motor cycle accident. Partial paralysis may also result from shoulder dislocation. Direct injury to the brachial plexus can result from a stab or gunshot wound. :

14 Brachial Plexus Injuries In Adults: Sports most commonly associated: Football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and gymnastics. Nerve injuries can result from: Blunt force trauma, poor posture or chronic repetitive stress.

15 Brachial Plexus Injuries Patients generally present with pain and/or muscle weakness. Some patients may experience muscle atrophy.

16 Brachial Plexus Injuries Result:  Anesthesia  Paralysis 1. Complete 2. Incomplete

17 Erb- Duchenne palsy Injury to Superior part of Plexus. Occurrence: Due to excessive increase in the angle between neck and the shoulder. Roots Involved:  C5 and C6 Muscles Involved:  Shoulder  Arm



20 Vacuum Extractor delivery

21 Forceps delivery

22 Falling on Shoulder


24 Excessive Stretching


26 Direct Blow



29 What is Waiter’s tip or Porter’s tip position?

30 Erb- Duchenne palsy Clinical Appearance: Motor Loss:  Adducted Shoulder  Medially Rotated Arm  Extended Elbow Sensory Loss: Lateral aspect of Upper Limb (uncommon)


32 Waiter’s tip position Characteristic position - adduction and internal rotation of the arm with forearm pronated Forearm extension normal Biceps reflex absent


34 Waiter’s tip palsy Erb's palsy is caused by damage to the brachial plexus during delivery of the neonate. This is mostly limited to the 5th and 6th cervical nerves


36 klumpke paralysis or Palsy Injury to Inferior part of Plexus. Occurrence: Excessive abduction of arm. Less common then Injury to Superior part of Plexus. Roots Involved:  C8 and T1

37 klumpke paralysis or Palsy Clinical Appearance: Motor Loss:  Small muscles of Hand Sensory Loss:  Medial aspect of Upper Limb

38 Person grasping something to prevent a fall

39 Baby’s upper limb is pulled excessively during delivery

40 Claw Hand Aetiology: brachial plexus lesion (C8- T1),Ulnar, and/ or Median nerve injury This occurs when all fingers are clawed. It is the result of hyperextension at the metacarpophalangeal joints and flexion of the interphalangeal joints.

41 Claw Hand

42 Cervical Rib Involves Inferior part of Plexus

43 References ossanat/limbs2.shtml ossanat/limbs2.shtml

44 Thank You

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