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Types of Brachial Plexus Injury

Brachial Plexus Injury: Types list

The list of types of Brachial Plexus Injury mentioned in various sources includes:

  • Neuropraxia Brachial Plexus Injury - (Stretch Brachial Plexus Injury) most common; nerve damaged but not torn.
  • Avulsion Brachial Plexus Injury - most severe; nerve torn from the spine
  • Rupture Brachial Plexus Injury - nerve torn but not at the spine
  • Neuroma Brachial Plexus Injury - nerve has partially healed with scar tissue damage.

Types discussion:

There are four types of brachial plexus injuries: avulsion, the most severe type, in which the nerve is torn from the spine; rupture, in which the nerve is torn but not at the spinal attachment; neuroma, in which the nerve has tried to heal itself but scar tissue has grown around the injury, putting pressure on the injured nerve and preventing the nerve from conducting signals to the muscles; and neuropraxia or stretch, in which the nerve has been damaged but not torn. Neuropraxia is the most common type of brachial plexus injury. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Brachial Plexus Injuries Information Page: NINDS)

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