CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Dec. 2, 2002
FAMILIES OF CHILDREN AFFECTED BY
BRACHIAL PLEXUS SHOULDER INJURIES TO MEET DEC. 4
Children affected by brachial plexus shoulder injuries and their families
will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery clinical area at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that exit from the spinal cord
in the neck and provide movement and feeling to the arm. Those nerves can
be injured during the birth process. Most children with these injuries will
recover on their own. Some will require microsurgical nerve repairs as infants
and/or tendon transfers as toddlers to restore function to the affected arm.
It is important for the disorder to be diagnosed and treated within an appropriate
UI Health Care specialists are leaders in understanding and treating brachial
plexus injuries. They have scheduled appointments for 17 patients and their
families to allow parents to network and talk to parents whose children are
in various stages of their recovery. Most of the children have already received
surgical treatment. In general, infants receive nerve transfers, while toddlers
receive tendon transfers. The children range in age from 3 months old to 6
To attend the brachial plexus gathering, take Elevator I in the John Pappajohn
Pavilion to the lower level and enter Clinic D. For assistance in covering
this event, contact Tom Moore at (319) 356-3945.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.