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Ouch! Stop Twisting My Arm: Imaging of Brachial Plexus Injuries 2014

Category General Spine Jon Hunsaker Alok A. Bhatt Peter Kalina Purpose Nerve root avulsion in brachial plexus injuries may present at any age. In infants, this is usually due to birth trauma, while in adolescents it is typically secondary to high speed motor vehicle or motorcycle trauma. In the adult population, avulsions may be due to trauma or tumors. The objectives of this educational exhibit are to review the imaging features of brachial plexus injuries in children and adults, utilizing CT/myelography and MRI. Key learning points: (1) anatomy of the brachial plexus, and the typical locations of injury, (2) mechanisms of injury, depending on age, (3) key imaging findings on both CT/myelography and MRI, in both the acute phase and sequela of injury, (4) treatment options. Materials & Methods N/A. Results N/A. Conclusion N/A. References N/A.