Unusual and unique variant branches of lateral cord of brachial plexus and its clinical implications- A cadaveric study

Ashwini Aithal Padur, Naveen Kumar, Swamy Ravindra Shanthakumar, Surekha Devadas Shetty, Gayathri Sharath Prabhu, Jyothsna Patil

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Introduction: Adequate knowledge on variant morphology of brachial plexus and its branches are important in clinical applications pertaining to trauma and surgical procedures of the upper extremity. Aim: Current study was aimed to report variations of the branches of the lateral cord of brachial plexus in the axilla and their possible clinical complications. Materials and Methods: Total number of 82 upper limbs from 41 formalin embalmed cadavers was dissected. Careful observation was made to note the formation and branching pattern of lateral cord. Meticulous inspection for absence of branches, presence of additional or variant branches and presence of abnormal communications between its branches or with branches of other cords was carried out. Results: In the present study, we noted varied branching pattern of lateral cord in 6 out of 82 limbs (7%). In one of the limb, the median nerve was formed by three roots; two from lateral cord and one from medial cord. Two limbs had absence of lateral pectoral nerve supplemented by medial pectoral nerves. One of which had an atypical ansa pectoralis. In 2 upper limbs, musculocutaneous nerve was absent and in both cases it was supplemented by median nerve. In one of the limb, coracobrachialis had dual nerve supply by musculocutaneous nerve and by an additional branch from the lateral cord. Conclusion: Variations of brachial plexus and its branches could pose both intraoperative and postoperative complications which eventually affect the normal sensory and motor functions of the upper limb.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)AC01-AC04
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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