Brachial Plexus Center Research

  • Brachial Plexus Research

    Our Center’s current and on-going research includes:

    • Basic science research in the lab focusing on the impact of these injuries on the growth and development of muscles, with investigation of medications to preserve muscle tissue and prevent contractures.
    • Clinical research with focus on surgical outcomes, use of EMG testing to help guide operative and non-operative management, MRI analysis, outcomes following Botox injections, and aspects of therapeutic intervention
    • Multi-center studies focusing on the appropriate timing of nerve repair as well as psychosocial development of adolescents.
    • Post-operative pain management following surgical intervention
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    Active Clinical Research

    1. Elhadi H; Yakuboff KP; Lippert WC. Comparing Functional Outcomes Following Nerve Grafting versus Nerve Transfer Procedures in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    2. Reading B.; Laor T.; Cornwall R.; Lippert WC; Salisbury S. Glenohumeral joint morphology in brachial plexus birth palsy with clinical correlation and postoperative follow-up.
    3. Mehlman CT; Marcotte M; Lippert WC; Louden E. In Utero Risk Factors for Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    4. Broering C; Mehlman CT; Lippert WC; Louden E.  A Meta-Analysis of Functional Outcomes Following Soft-Tissue Shoulder Surgery for the Treatment of Internal Rotation Contractures in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    5. Little KJ; Mehlman CT; Michaud LJ. Pain and Functional Outcomes Following the Pectoralis Minor Release in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    6. Bosques G; Michaud L; Mehlman CT; Yakuboff K.; Foad M.; Wade S.; Kinnett D.; Bean J. The Predictive Value of Electrodiagnostic Findings in Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    7. Michaud L.; Mehlman CT; Foad SL; Allgier A.; Lippert WC. The Use of Botulinum Toxin Type A In The Management of 40 Children with Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    8. Little KJ; Louden E. The Prevalence of External Rotation Contracture in Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
    9. Allgier A.; Louden E.; Overton M.; Mehlman CT. The Family impact of brachial plexus.

    Multicenter Research

    “Elbow Flexion in Nerve Transfers for Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy “ in association with Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

    “The Relationship between Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and Physical and Emotional Function in Children with Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy: A Multi-Center Study “ in association with  Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Shriners Hospital for Children in Northern California & UC Davis Children's Hospital.

    “Prospective Study of the Treatment of Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy,”  in association with Boston Children’s Hospital. 

    “Social Functioning in Youth with Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy,” in association with West Virginia University.

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