What are the traumatic causes of accessory nerve injury?

Updated: Mar 04, 2020
  • Author: Rohan R Walvekar, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Penetrating injury (glass cut or gunshot injury) [9]

  • Blunt injury: Sport-induced SAN injury due to external pressure has been reported. [20]

    • A blow from a hockey stick

    • Wrestling

    • A knot in a sling

    • A noose during an unsuccessful hanging

    • A superficial “love bite” to the neck

    • Vigorous movement of the neck from “neck cracking”

    • Severe dislocations of the acromioclavicular joint

    • “Whiplash” injury

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