Cause of Nerve and Artery Injury
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Nerve injury is a damage to nerve tissue. The types are:
Neurapraxia – the least severe form. The nerve structure stays in place put there is an interruption of the transmission down the nerve fiber.
Disruption of Blood Supply (ischemia)
Axonotmesis - This is a more severe nerve injury with disruption of theneuronal axon, but myelin sheath is maintained. This type of nerve damage may cause paralysis of the motor, sensory, and autonomic.
Overstretching of Nerve
Neurotmesis – most severe. Not only the Axon, but the encapsulating connective tissue loses their connectivity. Most severe is transsection.
Local Anesthetic Toxicity
Artery damage must be recognized and treated rapidly to avoid damage to major arteries, veins, and nerves. Failure to do so may lead to loss of limb or death. Common causes are:
Blunt Force Trauma
Knife Wound Due to Stabbing
How do I know if nerve or artery injury is medical malpractice?
Nerve or artery injury caused by or a result of misdiagnosis, negligent treatment, and/or surgical errors is medical malpractice. The resulting pain, quality of life, and high medical bills are a burden to any afflicted person and their family. Complete paralysis can occur, leaving the patient to suffer and endure countless hours of medical treatment, physical therapy, and pain.
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