Plasticity in the Brain after a Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury in Adults

Claudia Vargas, Fernanda Torres, Bia Ramalho, Cristiane Patroclo, Lidiane Souza, Fernanda Guimarães, José Vicente Martins and Maria Luíza Rangel

In this chapter, we aim to discuss the neurophysiological basis of the brain reorganization (also called plasticity) that associates with a traumatic brachial plexus injury (TBPI), as well as following the brachial plexus surgical reconstruction and its physical rehabilitation. We start by reviewing core aspects of plasticity following peripheral injuries such as amputation and TBPI as well as those associated with chronic pain conditions. Then, we present recent results collected by our team centered on physiological measurements of plasticity after TBPI. Finally, we discuss that an important limitation in the field is the lack of systematic measurement of TBPI clinical features. We finish by proposing possible future venues in the domain of brain plasticity following a TBPI.

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