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The sensory branch distribution of the suprascapular nerve: an anatomic study.
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008 May-Jun; 17(3):500-2.JS

Abstract

The suprascapular nerve is responsible for most of the sensory innervation to the shoulder joint and is potentially at risk during surgery. In this study, 31 shoulders in 22 cadavers were dissected to investigate the sensory innervation of the shoulder joint by the suprascapular nerve, with special reference to its sensory branches. In 27 shoulders (87.1%), a small sensory branch was observed that splits off from the main stem of the suprascapular nerve proximal (48.2%), inferior (40.7%), or distal (11.1%) to the transverse scapular ligament. This percentage is considerably higher than has been previously found. In 74.2% of the shoulders, an acromial branch was also found, originating just proximal to the scapular neck, running to the infraspinatus tendon. These cadaveric results indicate that sensory branches to the shoulder joint are more common and numerous than previously described and therefore should be considered in shoulder surgery and nerve blocks to this area.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, South Africa. wvorster@sun.ac.zaNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18262803

Citation

Vorster, Willie, et al. "The Sensory Branch Distribution of the Suprascapular Nerve: an Anatomic Study." Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, vol. 17, no. 3, 2008, pp. 500-2.
Vorster W, Lange CP, Briët RJ, et al. The sensory branch distribution of the suprascapular nerve: an anatomic study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008;17(3):500-2.
Vorster, W., Lange, C. P., Briët, R. J., Labuschagne, B. C., du Toit, D. F., Muller, C. J., & de Beer, J. F. (2008). The sensory branch distribution of the suprascapular nerve: an anatomic study. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 17(3), 500-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jse.2007.10.008
Vorster W, et al. The Sensory Branch Distribution of the Suprascapular Nerve: an Anatomic Study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008 May-Jun;17(3):500-2. PubMed PMID: 18262803.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The sensory branch distribution of the suprascapular nerve: an anatomic study. AU - Vorster,Willie, AU - Lange,Christopher P E, AU - Briët,Robert J P, AU - Labuschagne,Barend C J, AU - du Toit,Don F, AU - Muller,Christo J F, AU - de Beer,Joe F, Y1 - 2008/02/11/ PY - 2006/01/24/received PY - 2007/06/27/revised PY - 2007/10/14/accepted PY - 2008/2/12/pubmed PY - 2008/6/19/medline PY - 2008/2/12/entrez SP - 500 EP - 2 JF - Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery JO - J Shoulder Elbow Surg VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - The suprascapular nerve is responsible for most of the sensory innervation to the shoulder joint and is potentially at risk during surgery. In this study, 31 shoulders in 22 cadavers were dissected to investigate the sensory innervation of the shoulder joint by the suprascapular nerve, with special reference to its sensory branches. In 27 shoulders (87.1%), a small sensory branch was observed that splits off from the main stem of the suprascapular nerve proximal (48.2%), inferior (40.7%), or distal (11.1%) to the transverse scapular ligament. This percentage is considerably higher than has been previously found. In 74.2% of the shoulders, an acromial branch was also found, originating just proximal to the scapular neck, running to the infraspinatus tendon. These cadaveric results indicate that sensory branches to the shoulder joint are more common and numerous than previously described and therefore should be considered in shoulder surgery and nerve blocks to this area. SN - 1532-6500 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18262803/The_sensory_branch_distribution_of_the_suprascapular_nerve:_an_anatomic_study_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1058-2746(08)00027-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -