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Greater auricular nerve neuropraxia with beach chair positioning during shoulder surgery

Ng, Albert K. H. and Page, Richard S. 2010, Greater auricular nerve neuropraxia with beach chair positioning during shoulder surgery, International journal of shoulder surgery, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 48-50, doi: 10.4103/0973-6042.70824.

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Title Greater auricular nerve neuropraxia with beach chair positioning during shoulder surgery
Author(s) Ng, Albert K. H.
Page, Richard S.ORCID iD for Page, Richard S. orcid.org/0000-0002-2225-7144
Journal name International journal of shoulder surgery
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 48
End page 50
Total pages 3
Publisher Medknow Publications and Media
Place of publication Mumbai, India
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 0973-6042
Keyword(s) beach-chair position
greater auricular nerve
neuropraxia
shoulder surgery
Summary Neuropraxia of the greater auricular nerve is an uncommon complication of shoulder surgery, with the patient in the beach chair position. The greater auricular nerve, a superficial branch of the cervical plexus, is vulnerable to neuropraxia due to its superficial anatomical location. In this case series, we present three cases of neuropraxia associated with direct compression by a horseshoe headrest, used in routine positioning for uncomplicated shoulder surgery. We outline the risk of using devices of this nature and discourage the use of similar headrest devices due to the potential complications in headrest devices that exert pressure on the posterior auricular area to maintain head position during surgery.
Language eng
DOI 10.4103/0973-6042.70824
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Medknow Publications and Media
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047649

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