Doctors at Mayo Clinic are continually researching ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of brachial plexus injuries. Considerable research is being carried out in the area of peripheral nerve disorders by scientists in neurology, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery.

For example, Mayo researchers developed nerve tubes for peripheral nerve repair. These tubes are made of biomaterials invented at Mayo Clinic and researchers are now determining their effectiveness in supporting the regrowth of nerves. Another study is evaluating the relationship between specific enzymes and muscle function, then targeting high-enzyme areas to improve motor ability and mobility. Mayo researchers also developed new methods to measure motor recovery in regenerating nerves, and are using these tools to improve the techniques and results of nerve surgery.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on brachial plexus neuropathies on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Feb. 24, 2011