, Volume 257, Issue 5, pp 851-852
Date: 09 Feb 2010

Traction lesion of the brachial plexus during bodyflying

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Sirs,

Bodyflying is a flying sport similar to skydiving. The experience of bodyflying is close to that of skydiving, however, bodyflying does not require a jump out of a plane or a parachute, the flight is enabled by a vertical air stream column with a speed of up to 180 km/h in a vertical wind tunnel. Bodyflying has been considered to be a sports activity in a completely safe environment with no serious complications. We report two cases of traction lesions of the brachial plexus during first-time bodyflying with predominant affection of the root C6. To the best of our knowledge, this pattern of traction injury of the brachial plexus has not yet been reported.

Immediately following a bodyflying teaching session, a 35-year-old male noticed a marked weakness in arm and finger flexion and to a lesser degree in arm extension of the left upper limb. Furthermore, he observed numbness of the radial side of the left forearm. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine was ...