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The clinical anatomy of the antecubital fossa.
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PMID:  20081653     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To the anatomist, the antecubital fossa is the space through which the principal vascular and nervous trunks pass into the forearm. To the surgeon it is also the site of possible injury to the brachial artery in fractures around the elbow, with the risk of Volkmann's ischaemic contracture constantly in mind. It is here where the surgeon is tempted to use the large superficial veins for venous access, but knows only too well the dangers of inadvertent intra-arterial or intraneural injection - something that may well be encountered in a 'main-line' drug addict. It is also a convenient site for arterial cannulation and for anaesthetic blocks of the nerves to the forearm.
Harold Ellis; S Feldman; W Harrup-Griffiths
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of hospital medicine (London, England : 2005)     Volume:  71     ISSN:  1750-8460     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Hosp Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-18     Completed Date:  2010-05-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101257109     Medline TA:  Br J Hosp Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  M4-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brachial Artery / anatomy & histology
Elbow / anatomy & histology*
Median Nerve / anatomy & histology
Radial Nerve / anatomy & histology
Tendons / anatomy & histology

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