Brachial plexus injury as a complication after colorectal surgery.
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.
SourceTechniques in coloproctology 9:2 2005 Jul pg 139-41
Recovery of Function
Pub Type(s)Case Reports