Trendelenburg Position-Induced Brachial Plexus Injury Following Laparoscopic Rectal Cancer Surgery

Yavuz A., Ethemoglu F. B. , Olpak M., NEŞŞAR G.

Indian Journal of Surgery, vol.83, no.3, pp.782-783, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12262-020-02335-3
  • Title of Journal : Indian Journal of Surgery
  • Page Numbers: pp.782-783
  • Keywords: Brachial plexus injury, Laparoscopic surgery, Postoperative complications, Trendelenburg position


© 2020, Association of Surgeons of India.Position-related brachial plexus injury may be diagnosed currently because of the rise in the number of laparoscopic colorectal surgeries being performed. The Trendelenburg position, which is necessary for laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, may lead to excessive pressure on the shoulders and thus cause brachial plexus injury. There are some risk factors like prolonged surgery and high BMI. Most patients recover with high-dose corticosteroid treatment and physical therapy. We report a case of brachial plexus injury caused by patient position during surgery.