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CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-3945
e-mail: thomas-moore@uiowa.edu

Release: Dec. 2, 2002

MEDIA ADVISORY:

FAMILIES OF CHILDREN AFFECTED BY

BRACHIAL PLEXUS SHOULDER INJURIES TO MEET DEC. 4

Children affected by brachial plexus shoulder injuries and their families will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery clinical area at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that exit from the spinal cord in the neck and provide movement and feeling to the arm. Those nerves can be injured during the birth process. Most children with these injuries will recover on their own. Some will require microsurgical nerve repairs as infants and/or tendon transfers as toddlers to restore function to the affected arm. It is important for the disorder to be diagnosed and treated within an appropriate time frame.

UI Health Care specialists are leaders in understanding and treating brachial plexus injuries. They have scheduled appointments for 17 patients and their families to allow parents to network and talk to parents whose children are in various stages of their recovery. Most of the children have already received surgical treatment. In general, infants receive nerve transfers, while toddlers receive tendon transfers. The children range in age from 3 months old to 6 years old.

To attend the brachial plexus gathering, take Elevator I in the John Pappajohn Pavilion to the lower level and enter Clinic D. For assistance in covering this event, contact Tom Moore at (319) 356-3945.

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