Transclavicular approach for brachial plexus reconstruction

Mary Zadnik, W. Andrew Eglseder, Vladimir B. Shur

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Brachial plexus injuries requiring extensive exposure might benefit from a transclavicular approach. At a level 1 trauma center, 20 patients underwent surgical intervention for brachial plexus injuries, 10 via a transclavicular approach. For 5 patients, the transclavicular approach was accomplished through osteotomy with a technique presented herein, and for the other 5, through an established nonunion. All osteotomies and nonunions healed. No hardware-related complications occurred. We think that in the appropriate setting, a transclavicular approach facilitates exposure, decreases surgical time, and is associated with minimal risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Brachial plexus
  • Plating
  • Transclavicular approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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