Clinical Trials Office

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Electromyography and Physical Exams

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this data collection research study is to determine which test best correlates with findings during primary nerve repair surgery.

Who can participate?

All infants under 6 months of age with a brachial plexus injury who undergo primary nerve repair surgery.


  • Brachial-Plexus

What is involved?

During the time of the study, data will be collected from the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), electromyography (EMG), physical examination and operative reports. The information will be stored on a password protected computer and will not be linked to any of your child's identifying information. Your child will receive the same care that a child not participating in this study will receive. There are no additional treatments or procedures for patients that participate in this study, as the MRI, EMG and physical examinations are apart of our Center’s standard of care.

What are the benefits?

Your child may receive no direct benefit from participating in his study. The biggest benefit is that your child may be helping other children with this injury. Clinical studies are essential in finding new and improved treatments and diagnostic tools.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

Parents interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. It goes over all of the tests, the risks, the benefits, the compensation, who to contact with questions or concerns, and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered. Data collection will not begin until a parent/guardian has signed this form.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

There is no compensation for participation in this brachial plexus research study.

Who should I contact for more information?

William C. Lippert, MPH
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Outcomes Coordinator, Brachial Plexus Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 9018
Cincinnati, OH 45229