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Vol 66, No 4 (2007)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2007-08-13
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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An unusual union of the intercostobrachial nerve and the medial pectoral nerve

M. Loukas, J. Grabska, R.S. Tubbs, R.G. Louis Jr
Folia Morphol 2007;66(4):356-359.

open access

Vol 66, No 4 (2007)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2007-08-13
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

Variations in the branching pattern of the intercostobrachial nerve have been known to complicate dissection during mastectomy and other procedures involving the axilla.
We present the case of an 87-year-old Caucasian female, in whom the intercostobrachial nerve joined with a separate branch from the medial pectoral nerve. The clinical consequences of such a variation may include pectoral muscle motor loss, in addition to the commonly reported sensory loss resulting from the accidental injury or intentional sacrifice of the intercostobrachial nerve during axillary dissection.

Abstract

Variations in the branching pattern of the intercostobrachial nerve have been known to complicate dissection during mastectomy and other procedures involving the axilla.
We present the case of an 87-year-old Caucasian female, in whom the intercostobrachial nerve joined with a separate branch from the medial pectoral nerve. The clinical consequences of such a variation may include pectoral muscle motor loss, in addition to the commonly reported sensory loss resulting from the accidental injury or intentional sacrifice of the intercostobrachial nerve during axillary dissection.
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Keywords

intercostobrachial nerve; pectoralis minor muscle; pectoralis major muscle; medial pectoral nerve; mastectomy; lateral cutaneous branch of second intercostal nerve

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Title

An unusual union of the intercostobrachial nerve and the medial pectoral nerve

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 66, No 4 (2007)

Pages

356-359

Published online

2007-08-13

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2007;66(4):356-359.

Keywords

intercostobrachial nerve
pectoralis minor muscle
pectoralis major muscle
medial pectoral nerve
mastectomy
lateral cutaneous branch of second intercostal nerve

Authors

M. Loukas
J. Grabska
R.S. Tubbs
R.G. Louis Jr

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