Trendelenburg Position-Induced Brachial Plexus Injury Following Laparoscopic Rectal Cancer Surgery

Yavuz A., Ethemoglu F. B. , Olpak M., Nessar G.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY, vol.83, no.3, pp.782-783, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12262-020-02335-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.782-783
  • Keywords: Laparoscopic surgery, Trendelenburg position, Brachial plexus injury, Postoperative complications, NERVE INJURIES
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Position-related brachial plexus injury may be diagnosed currently because of the rise in the number of laparoscopic colorectal surgeries being performed. The Trendelenburg position, which is necessary for laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, may lead to excessive pressure on the shoulders and thus cause brachial plexus injury. There are some risk factors like prolonged surgery and high BMI. Most patients recover with high-dose corticosteroid treatment and physical therapy. We report a case of brachial plexus injury caused by patient position during surgery.