Spectrum of peripheral neuropathies associated with surgical interventions; A neurophysiological assessment

Shiv Saidha, Jennifer Spillane, Gerard Mullins, Brian McNamara

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Abstract

Background: We hypothesized that a wide range of surgical procedures may be complicated by neuropathies, not just in close proximity but also remote from procedural sites. The aim of this study was to classify post-operative neuropathies and the procedures associated with them.Methods: We retrospectively identified 66 patients diagnosed with post-procedure neuropathies between January 2005 and June 2008. We reviewed their referral cards and medical records for patient demographics, information on procedures, symptoms, as well as clinical and neurophysiological findings.Results: Thirty patients (45.4%) had neuropathies remote from procedural sites and 36 patients (54.5%) had neuropathies in close proximity to procedural sites. Half of the remote neuropathies (15/30) developed following relatively short procedures. In 27% of cases (8/30) remote neuropathies were bilateral. Seven patients developed neuropathies remote from operative sites following hip arthroplasties (7/30: 23.3%), making hip arthroplasty the most common procedure associated with remote neuropathies.Sciatic neuropathies due to hip arthroplasty (12/36, 33.3%) accounted for the majority of neuropathies occurring in close proximity to operative sites.Five medial cutaneous nerve of forearm neuropathies occurred following arterio-venous fistula (AVF) formation.Conclusions: An array of surgical procedures may be complicated by neuropathy. Almost half of post-procedure neuropathies occur remote from the site of procedure, emphasizing the need to try to prevent not just local, but also remote neuropathies. Mechanical factors and patient positioning should be considered in the prevention of post-operative neuropathies. There is a possible association between AVF formation and medial cutaneous nerve of forearm neuropathy, which requires further study for validation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalJournal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 19 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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