Phlebotomy associated nerve injury

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Intravenous literature: Asheghan, M., Khatibi, A. and Holisaz, M.T. (2011) Paresthesia and forearm pain after phlebotomy due to medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve injury. Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury. 6(1), p.5. [Epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: Back ground: Although phlebotomy is a common procedure, there is limited information concerning to documented complications of venipuncture.

CASE PRESENTATION: A 45 year old left- handed woman was refered for elecrodiagnostic study with dysesthesia and pain in left medial forearm. She noted these symptoms three weeks after phelebotomy. Electrodiagnostic study showed severe involvement of left side Medial Antebrachial Cutaneous nerve (MAC nerve).

CONCLUSION: Phelebotomy is a cause of MAC nerve injury. Electrodiagnostic testing can be helpful in evaluating cases of sensory disturbance after phlebotomy.

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