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Brachial plexus injury as a complication after colorectal surgery.

Abstract

Peripheral neuropathy associated with anesthesia is a significant source of morbidity and the second most frequent cause of professional liability in anesthetic practice. Nerve injuries are a well-recognised complication of anesthesia. Brachial plexus neuropathy is a rare syndrome with an incidence of 1.6 cases per 100,000. Unfortunately, we have a limited understanding of the relations between conventional perioperative care and the genesis of peripheral neuropathy. We describe 3 cases of postoperative brachial plexus neuropathy that occurred after abdominoperineal anterior resection for rectal cancer. The symptoms resolved postoperatively in two patients by 8 weeks and in one patient by 10 weeks with conservative treatment. The differential diagnosis between brachial plexus neuropathy and other peripheral neuropathies is important, as the prognosis of brachial plexus neuropathy is generally better. The anesthetist and the surgeon should know the risks of positioning to prevent nerve injuries, and should be aware of the possibility of brachial neuropathy in order to properly make an early diagnosis.

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  • Authors

    Brill S, Walfisch S

    Source

    Techniques in coloproctology 9:2 2005 Jul pg 139-41

    MeSH

    Adult
    Aged
    Brachial Plexus
    Humans
    Middle Aged
    Postoperative Complications
    Posture
    Recovery of Function
    Rectal Neoplasms

    Pub Type(s)

    Case Reports
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16007360