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Acta ortopédica mexicana

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GUARACHI, JP et al. Tendon transfers around the shoulder for patient with brachial plexus injury sequels. Acta ortop. mex [online]. 2020, vol.34, n.1, pp.58-64.  Epub 27-Sep-2021. ISSN 2306-4102.

Brachial plexus lesions can significantly affect patient function. The type of management will depend on the severity of the injury as well as the anatomical location. Tendon transfers around the shoulder have emerged as an effective treatment alternative, and therefore we should consider them when faced with patients who might require it. There are various transfer techniques, within which the most frequently used are upper trapezium, latissimus dorsi and lower trapezium transfers, each with its specific indications and objectives depending on the type of patient. These surgeries aim to decrease the pain resulting from the hypotonia and glenohumeral subluxation as well as improve the range of movement of the shoulder, getting the patient to take his hand to the plane that requires to perform his daily life activities. We will provide a description of some of the most commonly used shoulder tendon transfer techniques associated with a bibliographic review and a description of our experience with these surgeries.

Palabras llave : Tendon transfers; shoulder; function; treatment; brachial plexus.

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