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Arm rotated medially with supination - the ARMS variant: description of its surgical correction.

Nath RK, Somasundaram C, Melcher SE, Bala M, Wentz MJ - BMC Musculoskelet Disord (2009)

Bottom Line: Mallet score increased by an average of 5.2 (p < 0.05).Overall forearm position was not significantly changed from an average of 5 degrees to an average of 34 degrees maximum apparent supination after both shoulder rotation and forearm rotation corrective surgeries.In reality, the neutral-appearing position of the hand indicates a fixed supination posture of the forearm in the face of a medial rotation contracture of the shoulder.

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Affiliation: Texas Nerve and Paralysis Institute, Houston, TX, USA. drnath@drnathmedical.com

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Background: Patients who have suffered obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI) have a high incidence of musculoskeletal complications stemming from the initial nerve injury. The presence of muscle imbalances and contractures leads to typical bony changes affecting the shoulder, including the SHEAR (Scapular Hypoplasia, Elevation and Rotation) deformity. The SHEAR deformity commonly occurs in conjunction with Medial Rotation Contracture (MRC) of the arm. OBPI also causes muscle imbalances at the level of the forearm, that lead to a fixed supination deformity (SD) in a small number of patients. Both MRC and SD will cause severe functional limitations without surgical intervention.

Methods: Fourteen OBPI patients were diagnosed with MRC of the shoulder and SD of the forearm along with SHEAR deformity during a 16 month study period, with eight patients available to long-term follow-up (age range 2.2 - 18 years). Surgical correction of the MRC was performed as a triangle tilt or humeral osteotomy depending on the age of the child, after which, the patients were treated with a radial osteotomy to correct the fixed supination deformity. Function was assessed using the modified Mallet scale, examination of apparent supination and appearance of the extremity at rest.

Results: Significant functional improvements were observed in patients with surgical reconstruction. Mallet score increased by an average of 5.2 (p < 0.05). Overall forearm position was not significantly changed from an average of 5 degrees to an average of 34 degrees maximum apparent supination after both shoulder rotation and forearm rotation corrective surgeries.

Conclusion: The simultaneous presence of two opposing deformities in the same limb will visually offset each other at the level of the wrist and hand, giving the false impression of neutral positioning of the limb. In reality, the neutral-appearing position of the hand indicates a fixed supination posture of the forearm in the face of a medial rotation contracture of the shoulder. Both of these deformities require surgical attention, and the presence of concurrent MRC and SD should be monitored for in OBPI patients.

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Hand to nose. The patient was asked to touch her nose with both her hands. A: Patient 5 before any surgery. B: Patient 5 after shoulder correction surgery. C: Patient 5 after forearm osteotomy surgery. Changes in functional position of the left arm and hand are visible.
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Figure 6: Hand to nose. The patient was asked to touch her nose with both her hands. A: Patient 5 before any surgery. B: Patient 5 after shoulder correction surgery. C: Patient 5 after forearm osteotomy surgery. Changes in functional position of the left arm and hand are visible.

Mentions: Figures 5, 6, 7 depict preoperative versus postoperative changes for the arm-at-rest position, hand-to-mouth movement, and apparent supination in a representative OBPI ARMS variant patient who underwent the recommended sequence of shoulder reconstruction followed by forearm osteotomy (Patient 5, Table 2). Each figure is formatted in the following manner: 1. panel A shows a picture of the patient before any bony surgeries; 2. panel B show a picture of the patient after the shoulder reconstruction; and 3. panel C shows a picture of the patient after the forearm osteotomy.


Arm rotated medially with supination - the ARMS variant: description of its surgical correction.

Nath RK, Somasundaram C, Melcher SE, Bala M, Wentz MJ - BMC Musculoskelet Disord (2009)

Hand to nose. The patient was asked to touch her nose with both her hands. A: Patient 5 before any surgery. B: Patient 5 after shoulder correction surgery. C: Patient 5 after forearm osteotomy surgery. Changes in functional position of the left arm and hand are visible.
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Figure 6: Hand to nose. The patient was asked to touch her nose with both her hands. A: Patient 5 before any surgery. B: Patient 5 after shoulder correction surgery. C: Patient 5 after forearm osteotomy surgery. Changes in functional position of the left arm and hand are visible.
Mentions: Figures 5, 6, 7 depict preoperative versus postoperative changes for the arm-at-rest position, hand-to-mouth movement, and apparent supination in a representative OBPI ARMS variant patient who underwent the recommended sequence of shoulder reconstruction followed by forearm osteotomy (Patient 5, Table 2). Each figure is formatted in the following manner: 1. panel A shows a picture of the patient before any bony surgeries; 2. panel B show a picture of the patient after the shoulder reconstruction; and 3. panel C shows a picture of the patient after the forearm osteotomy.

Bottom Line: Mallet score increased by an average of 5.2 (p < 0.05).Overall forearm position was not significantly changed from an average of 5 degrees to an average of 34 degrees maximum apparent supination after both shoulder rotation and forearm rotation corrective surgeries.In reality, the neutral-appearing position of the hand indicates a fixed supination posture of the forearm in the face of a medial rotation contracture of the shoulder.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Texas Nerve and Paralysis Institute, Houston, TX, USA. drnath@drnathmedical.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Patients who have suffered obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI) have a high incidence of musculoskeletal complications stemming from the initial nerve injury. The presence of muscle imbalances and contractures leads to typical bony changes affecting the shoulder, including the SHEAR (Scapular Hypoplasia, Elevation and Rotation) deformity. The SHEAR deformity commonly occurs in conjunction with Medial Rotation Contracture (MRC) of the arm. OBPI also causes muscle imbalances at the level of the forearm, that lead to a fixed supination deformity (SD) in a small number of patients. Both MRC and SD will cause severe functional limitations without surgical intervention.

Methods: Fourteen OBPI patients were diagnosed with MRC of the shoulder and SD of the forearm along with SHEAR deformity during a 16 month study period, with eight patients available to long-term follow-up (age range 2.2 - 18 years). Surgical correction of the MRC was performed as a triangle tilt or humeral osteotomy depending on the age of the child, after which, the patients were treated with a radial osteotomy to correct the fixed supination deformity. Function was assessed using the modified Mallet scale, examination of apparent supination and appearance of the extremity at rest.

Results: Significant functional improvements were observed in patients with surgical reconstruction. Mallet score increased by an average of 5.2 (p < 0.05). Overall forearm position was not significantly changed from an average of 5 degrees to an average of 34 degrees maximum apparent supination after both shoulder rotation and forearm rotation corrective surgeries.

Conclusion: The simultaneous presence of two opposing deformities in the same limb will visually offset each other at the level of the wrist and hand, giving the false impression of neutral positioning of the limb. In reality, the neutral-appearing position of the hand indicates a fixed supination posture of the forearm in the face of a medial rotation contracture of the shoulder. Both of these deformities require surgical attention, and the presence of concurrent MRC and SD should be monitored for in OBPI patients.

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