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What do we call the different parts of the nerves from the neck downwards?

Roots, Trunks, Divisions, Cords and Branches


What are the roots of the brachial plexus?



How many trunks are there and what are they called?

3: superior, middle and inferior


What are the roots of each trunk?

Superior trunk = joining of C5 and C6
Middle trunk = continuation of C7
Inferior trunk = joining of C8 and T1


At which stage do the nerve fibres pass into the axilla?

When they are divisions


What do we call the divisions?

Anterior and posterior divisions


How many cords are there and what are they called?

3: lateral, posterior and medial


What are each of the cords made up of?

Lateral = joining of the anterior divisions of the superior and middle trunks
Posterior = formed by the posterior divisions of all 3 trunks
Medial = anterior division of the inferior trunk


How many branches are there and what are they called?

5 branches: musculocutaneous, axillary, median, radial and ulnar


What are the roots of each of the branches?

Musculocutaneous: C5, C6 and C7
Axillary: C5 and C6
Median: C5-T1
Radial: C5-T1
Ulnar: C8 and T1


What is Erb's Palsy?

Damage to roots C5 and C6 due to excessive increase in angle between the neck and shoulder. It affects all the nerves derived from C5 and C6 and produces the "waiter's tip" deformity.


What is Klumpke's Palsy?

A nerve injury caused by excessive abduction of the arm. This affects the nerves derived mainly from T1 (ulnar and median) and paralyses the small muscles of the hands. Sensory loss along the medial side of the arm is common.


What is the axilla?

A pyramid shaped area under the shoulder and between the thorax and upper limb that contains nerves, vascular and lymphatic structures.


How many borders does the axilla have and what are their general names?

5 borders: apex, lateral, medial, anterior and posterior.


What makes up the apex of the axilla?

1st rib, clavicle and superior edge of subscapularis


What makes up the lateral border of the axilla?

Intertubercular groove of the humerus


What makes up the medial border of the axilla?

Serratus anterior and thoracic wall


What makes of the anterior border of the axilla?

Pectoralis major, pectoralis minor and subclavius


What makes up the posterior border of the axilla?

Subscapularis, teres major and latissimus dorsi


What is the brachial plexus?

A network of nerves supplying the skin and muscles in the upper limb that passes through the axilla.


When can long thoracic nerve injury occur and what does it cause?

Can be damaged in axillary node clearance and leads to paralysis on serratus anterior and the scapula protrudes (particularly when the patient pushes on a wall) - winged scapula


What does the musculocutaneous nerve innervate?

Brachialis, biceps brachii and coracobrachialis muscles.
A cutaneous branch of it innervates the anterio-lateral forearm.


What does the axillary nerve innervate?

Deltoid, teres minor and long head of biceps brachii.


Some divisions of the axillary nerve wrap around which structure and why can this be dangerous?

Wrap around the upper humerus, dangerous because fractures around this site can lead to damage to this nerve and cause paralysis of the deltoid.


What does the median nerve innervate?

Most of the flexor muscles in the forearm. Supplies to the palm and the anterior side of the lateral 3 and a half fingers.


Which sites of fracture can damage the median nerve?

Elbow and wrist


What does the radial nerve innervate?

The triceps and extensor muscles in the posterior forearm. It supplies to the posterior arm and forearm as well as the posterior lateral aspect of the hand.


Injuries in the axilla most commonly occur from what?

Shoulder dislocation


What does the ulnar nerve innervate?

Muscles of the hand and the anterior and posterior surfaces of the medial one and a half fingers.


How might we injure the axillary nerve?

Dislocation of shoulder or fracture at surgical neck of humerus