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Brachial plexus

Definition

The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that run from the lower neck through the upper shoulder area. These nerves allow the arm, forearm, and hand to move and feel things.

Information

Damage to the brachial plexus nerves can cause muscle and sensation problems that are often associated with pain in the same area. Symptoms may include loss of feeling or sensation in your arm or hand, trouble moving your arm, or a lack of muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist.

References

Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J. Disorders of nerve roots and plexuses. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Bradley: Neurology in Clinical Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann Elsevier; 2008:chap 79.


Review Date: 2/16/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc
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