Prospective randomized controlled trial of preservation of the intercostobrachial nerve during axillary node clearance for breast cancer.

@article{Abdullah1998ProspectiveRC,
  title={Prospective randomized controlled trial of preservation of the intercostobrachial nerve during axillary node clearance for breast cancer.},
  author={Tholkifl I Abdullah and Julie Iddon and Lester Barr and Andrew D. Baildam and Nigel J. Bundred},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={85 10},
  pages={1443-5}
}
BACKGROUND Complications of axillary surgery occur due to severance of the intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN). The feasibility and benefit of preserving the ICBN to prevent sensory loss was studied prospectively. METHODS Sensory symptoms and deficits were documented, and shoulder movement and arm circumference were measured at discharge and 3 months later in 120 patients randomized to either preservation or division of the ICBN. RESULT Preserving the ICBN was feasible in 39 (65 per cent) of… CONTINUE READING

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