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Avulsion of the brachial plexus in a great horned owl (Bubo virginaus)

Journal of Raptor Research

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Abstract

Avulsion of the brachial plexus was documented in a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). A fractured scapula was also present. Cause of these injuries was not known but was thought to be due to trauma. Differentiation of musculoskeletal injury from peripheral nerve damage can be difficult in raptors. Use of electromyography and motor nerve conduction velocity was helpful in demonstrating peripheral nerve involvement. A brachial plexus avulsion was suspected on the basis of clinical signs, presence of electromyographic abnormalities in all muscles supplied by the nerves of the brachial plexus and absence of median-ulnar motor nerve conduction velocities.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Avulsion of the brachial plexus in a great horned owl (Bubo virginaus)
Series title:
Journal of Raptor Research
Volume
23
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 3-9
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Raptor Research
First page:
3
Last page:
9
Number of Pages:
7