Child's Nervous System

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 201–203 | Cite as

“It is not what it seems.” Ultrasound findings in a case of unusual iatrogenic ulnar nerve damage

  • Daniele CoraciEmail author
  • Silvia Giovannini
  • Luca Gentile
  • Julianne Tannous Cordenonssi
  • Luca Padua
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

We have read with interest the paper by Payne et al. about the fracture-related nerve laceration. The authors presented a literature review about this topic and two very illustrative cases [4]. This work is very informative for clinical point of view, because it shows how severe may be the consequences of a bone fracture. As indicated by the authors, an accurate diagnosis is mandatory for deciding a prompt and proper medical action. The authors rightly asserted electrophysiology can provide complete information three weeks after the injury, while imaging techniques may be immediately able to characterize a nerve suffering [4]. Especially, ultrasound (US) can be applied for this purpose, because of its speedy execution, safety, precision, low cost, and capability to evaluate the nerve in dynamic condition [2].

In our experience, besides the possible nerve injuries directly due to the traumas, iatrogenic neuropathy may occur as consequence of the surgical intervention for...



We would like to thank Dr. Claudia Loreti for her technical support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo GnocchiMilanItaly
  2. 2.Rehabilitation UnitsFondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCSRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Clinical and Experimental MedicineUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  4. 4.Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade da Sao PauloSão PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Department of Geriatrics, Neurosciences and OrthopaedicsUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreRomeItaly

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