Iatrogenic injury to the accessory nerve.

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We describe two patients with uncommon causes of iatrogenic injuries and review the anatomy, presentation, possibilities of repair, and results. The incidence of such nerve injuries during lymph node biopsies is 3%-10%, but the diagnosis is often delayed. Symptoms are shoulder pain and inability to abduct the arm beyond the horizontal plane. Surgical repair may improve function and pain and should be performed early, preferably within six months, but prevention of nerve injury is most important.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Surgery


  • Accessory Nerve: injuries, Accessory Nerve: anatomy & histology, Suture Techniques, Electromyography, Humans, Iatrogenic Disease, Middle Aged, Intraoperative Complications: surgery, Muscle, Male, Skeletal: innervation, Nerve Regeneration: physiology, Shoulder: innervation, Patient Selection, Shoulder: injuries, Adolescent
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-87
JournalScandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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