Detection of Traumatic and Postoperative Nerve Lesions following Upper Extremity Fractures in a Pediatric Cohort Using MR Neurography

Stefan Sondermann*, Tobias Bäumer, Joachim Suss, Boy Bohn, Katharina Fieseler, Peter Schramm, Ludger Tueshaus, Tobias Boppel

*Corresponding author for this work


Introduction  Fractures of the upper extremity are common traumatic injuries in children. Nerve lesions are a rare but typical complication of these fractures. Additional to physical, electrophysiological, and sonographic examinations, magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) can be used to assess the degree and exact localization of nerve damage. This retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the potential role of this examination technique for children and to test a proposed MRN classification of traumatic nerve injury according to Chhabra in a pediatric cohort. Materials and Methods  Pediatric patients undergoing MRN for traumatic nerve injury from January 2016 to December 2020 were retrospectively identified. A total of 12 consecutive patients with sufficient clinical data, an MRN, and if available follow-up examination were enrolled and analyzed. Results  In 10 of 12 cases one or more nerve lesions could be identified by MRN using the classification proposed by Chhabra et al. MRN was used to assess nerve injuries, imaging results were compared with clinical course. Clinical follow-up examinations of 10 patients showed an overall good clinical recovery, even in one case with severe trauma and nerve surgery. Conclusion  MRN as a noninvasive procedure can help in the evaluation of nerve injury, especially for the identification of lower grade nerve damage and to objectify suspected nerve damage in case of uncertain clinical examination results; thus, can help in decision making whether surgical revision or conservative treatment is preferable.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)319-327
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 05.04.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 206-07 Clinical Neurology Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology
  • 205-20 Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

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