Brachial plexopathy is a rare complication of nonoperatively treated clavicular fractures. We describe a 68-year-old man who presented with fracture-callus-induced acute brachial plexopathy and dynamic thoracic outlet syndrome after 9 weeks of nonoperative management for a clavicular fracture. He underwent fracture fixation with brachial plexus decompression via callus excision; intraoperative neuromonitoring was used to evaluate brachial plexus function. Postsurgery, his neurologic function recovered completely.
Intraoperative neuromonitoring is a useful tool for minimizing the risk of additional brachial plexus injury and determining the adequacy of neural decompression during delayed open reduction and internal fixation of clavicular fractures with fracture-callus-induced brachial plexus compression.
1Mercy Health—Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
2Evokes, LLC, Mason, Ohio
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