Lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve injury induced by phlebotomy

J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2007 Mar 14:2:6. doi: 10.1186/1749-7221-2-6.


Background: Phlebotomy is one of the routine procedures done in medical labs daily.

Case presentation: A 52 yr woman noted shooting pain and dysesthesia over her right side anterolateral aspect of forearm, clinical examination and electrodiagnostic studies showed severe involvement of right side lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve.

Conclusion: Phlebotomy around lateral aspect of antecubital fossa may cause lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve injury, electrodiagnostic studies are needed for definite diagnosis.

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