We studied the diagnostic accuracy of MRI in 35 adult patients with traumatic brachial plexus injury in comparison with intra operative findings. The overall sensitivity to detect root avulsions was 39% and specificity was 75%. MRI was more useful in the diagnosis of lower root avulsions. At trunk and division level injuries, the sensitivity was 87% but specificity was only 26%. It was not able to differentiate the type and extent of post-ganglionic injuries. The accuracy of pseudomeningocele as avulsion on surgical finding was 96% (27/28). Pseudomeningocele correlates well with root avulsions. Its presence warrants early referral and surgical exploration.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine