Brachial Plexus Tumors / Spinal Nerve Root Tumors

What are brachial plexus or spinal nerve root tumors?

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The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves that extends from the spinal cord and provides information about upper extremity function to and from the brain. This collection of nerves separates into several divisions in the region of the upper neck, giving off braches that form the peripheral nerves that supply the arm and hand. Tumors in or near the brachial plexus can cause a wide range of upper extremity dysfunction such as sensory loss or motor weakness.

Why rely on Washington University experts to treat brachial plexus tumors or spinal nerve root tumors?

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons specialize in the treatment of complex brachial plexus tumors and spinal nerve root tumors. A multidisciplinary approach combining the expertise of neurologists, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and neurosurgeons is used to treat complex brachial plexus tumors.

Brachial plexus tumor treatments

Brachial plexus surgeons at Washington University have an extensive depth and breadth of experience with advanced microsurgical techniques. They have developed new muscle and tendon transfers, and are at the forefront in understanding nerve regeneration.