Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 261–270 | Cite as

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

  • R. Shane Tubbs
  • Virginia L. Jones
  • Marios Loukas
  • Ayhan Cömert
  • Mohammadali M. Shoja
  • John C. WellonsIII
  • Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol
Original Article


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.


Anatomy Upper limb Nervous system Surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 1
  • Virginia L. Jones
    • 2
  • Marios Loukas
    • 3
  • Ayhan Cömert
    • 4
  • Mohammadali M. Shoja
    • 5
  • John C. WellonsIII
    • 1
  • Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol
    • 5
  1. 1.Section of Pediatric NeurosurgeryChildren’s HospitalBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.University of Alabama at Birmingham School of MedicineBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anatomical SciencesSt. George’s UniversitySt. GeorgeGrenada
  4. 4.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of MedicineAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  5. 5.Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group, Department of Neurosurgery, Clarian Neuroscience InstituteIndiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA

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