Lateral pectoral nerve transfer for spinal accessory nerve injury

Andrés A. Maldonado, Robert J. Spinner

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Spinal accessory nerve (SAN) injury results in loss of motor function of the trapezius muscle and leads to severe shoulder problems. Primary end-to-end or graft repair is usually the standard treatment. The authors present 2 patients who presented late (8 and 10 months) after their SAN injuries, in whom a lateral pectoral nerve transfer to the SAN was performed successfully using a supraclavicular approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Cranial nerve XI
  • Lateral pectoral nerve
  • Nerve injury
  • Nerve transfer
  • Neurotization
  • Spinal accessory nerve
  • Technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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