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Title: Outcome after brachial plexus injury surgery and impact on quality of life
Authors: Rasulić L.
Savic, Andrija
Živković B.
Vitosevic F.
Mićović M.
Bascarevic V.
Puzovic, Vladimir
Novakovic N.
Lepic M.
Samardžic M.
Mandic-Rajcevic, Stefan
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: © 2017, Springer-Verlag Wien. Background: The aim of this study was to investigate outcomes after surgery for brachial plexus injury (BPI), not only motor outcomes but also the quality of life of the patients. Methods: We operated on 128 consecutive patients with BPI from 1992 to 2012. We documented the information on the injured nerve, level of injury, type of treatment used, timing of surgery, patient age, and preoperative and postoperative motor deficits. In 69 patients who agreed to participate in a quality of life study, additional assessments included functionality, pain, quality of life, patient satisfaction, and psychosocial health. Results: Of patients who underwent only exploration and neurolysis, 35.3% showed a good quality of recovery. Patients who underwent nerve reconstruction using nerve grafting showed a better rate of good quality recovery (56.7%), and the results following nerve transfer depended on the type of transfer used. After surgery, 82.6% of patients showed significant improvement, 82.6% were satisfied, and 81.2% responded positively when asked if they would undergo surgery again if they knew the current result beforehand. Overall, 69.6% patients continued working after surgery. The mean DASH disability score was high (58.7) in the study group. Patients who had early surgery showed a consistently higher DASH score. About 76% of patients reported having pain regularly, and 18.8% reported depression or anxiety. Conclusions: We consider that it is important to report not only muscle recovery, but also other aspects of recovery.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1007/s00701-017-3205-1
ISSN: 0001-6268
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85019551645
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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