Original Article

Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 261-270

Anatomy and landmarks for branches of the brachial plexus: a vade mecum

  • R. Shane TubbsAffiliated withSection of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital Email author 
  • , Virginia L. JonesAffiliated withUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • , Marios LoukasAffiliated withDepartment of Anatomical Sciences, St. George’s University
  • , Ayhan CömertAffiliated withDepartment of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University
  • , Mohammadali M. ShojaAffiliated withIndianapolis Neurosurgical Group, Department of Neurosurgery, Clarian Neuroscience Institute, Indiana University
  • , John C. WellonsIIIAffiliated withSection of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital
  • , Aaron A. Cohen-GadolAffiliated withIndianapolis Neurosurgical Group, Department of Neurosurgery, Clarian Neuroscience Institute, Indiana University

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Abstract

Exploration and repair of the brachial plexus and its branches demands a good comprehension of its intricate anatomy. To this end, landmarks for identifying this anatomy may prove useful to the clinician and surgeon. As such, a specific collection is lacking in the literature. Therefore, the following review of salient surgical anatomy and regional landmarks of the brachial plexus and its branches is provided. Our hopes are that these data will be useful during clinical and surgical procedures of these regions and act as a single, concise source for such information.

Keywords

Anatomy Upper limb Nervous system Surgery