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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1993;17(4):572-577.
The isolated long thoracic nerve palsy:clinical and electromyographic study.
Han, Tai Ryoon , Kim, Jin Ho , Paik, Nam Jong
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine
단독 장흉신경 손상의 임상 및 근전도적 소견에 관한 고찰
한태륜, 김진호, 백남종
서울대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실
Abstract

The isolated long thoracic nerve palsy is a rare, poorly understood and potentially disabling curiosity, and etiology of the disease is still uncertain. It is believed that most cases are due to trauma or traction injury or to neuralgic amyotrophy. 10 cases of isolated long thoracic nerve palsy were diagnosed in our EMG laboratory during nine year period.

This article presents three cases of traumatic etiologies, three cases of unknown etiologies and four cases of long thoracic nerve injury following surgery. The purpose of this study is to present information pertaining to the clinical features, anatomy, etiologies of the condition and to discuss our experience of 10 cases with literatures. It is considered that a number of these cases were examples of neuralgic amyotrophy and etiologies of postoperative long thoracic nerve palsy must include a coincidental neuralgic amyotrophy.

Key Words: Long thoracic nerve, Neuralgic amyotrophy, Nerve injury, Electromyography, Traction injury
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