Brachial Plexopathy in Patients with Breast Cancer

  • Dorcas S. Fulton
Part of the Developments in Oncology book series (DION, volume 51)


Breast cancer patients may develop signs and symptoms of brachial plexus dysfunction. Infiltration of the plexus by metastatic tumor and radiation-induced fibrosis are the most common causes. Acute brachial neuritis [1], trauma to the plexus during surgery or anaesthesia [2], or radiation-induced plexus tumors [3] are less likely. Brachial plexus lesions need to be distinguished from other causes of neurological dysfunction of the arm such as peripheral nerve entrapment or nerve root compression.


Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Patient Brachial Plexus Free Interval Axillary Surgery 
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