Origin, Branching, and Communications of the Intercostobrachial Nerve: a Meta-Analysis with Implications for Mastectomy and Axillary Lymph Node Dissection in Breast Cancer.
- Brandon Michael Henry,
- Matthew J Graves,
- Jakub R Pękala,
- Beatrice Sanna,
- Wan Chin Hsieh,
- R Shane Tubbs,
- Jerzy A Walocha,
- Krzysztof A Tomaszewski
Cureus 2017 Mar 17;9(3):e1101. Epub 2017 Mar 17.
Department of Anatomy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland.
The intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN), which usually originates from the lateral cutaneous branch of the second intercostal nerve, innervates areas of the axilla, lateral chest, and medial arm. It is at risk for injury during operative procedures that are often used in the management of breast cancer and such injury has been associated with postoperative sensory loss and neuropathic pain, decreasing the quality of life. PubMed, Excerpta Medica Database (EMBASE), ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), Biosciences Information Service (BIOSIS), and Web of Science were searched comprehensively. Read More