The long thoracic nerve: Possible mechanisms of injury based on autopsy study.

@article{Kauppila1993TheLT,
  title={The long thoracic nerve: Possible mechanisms of injury based on autopsy study.},
  author={L. I. Kauppila},
  journal={Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery},
  year={1993},
  volume={2 5},
  pages={
          244-8
        }
}
Forty dissections in 21 adult cadavers were analyzed to determine whether the long thoracic nerve could be mechanically damaged or its blood supply threatened along its peripheral course. The mean length of the nerve was 21.9 cm measured from the upper border of the serratus anterior; it ended an average of 8.4 cm distal to the inferior angle of the scapula. Three postmortem arteriographs were done, and the blood supply to the lower part of the nerve was observed radiographically and in the… CONTINUE READING

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