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Dorsoradial forearm and hand pain was historically considered difficult to treat surgically due to a particular susceptibility of the radial sensory nerve (RSN) to injury and/or compression. A nerve block, if it were done at all, was directed at the region of the anatomic snuff box to block the RSN in an effort to provide diagnostic information as to the pain etiology. Even for patients with pain relief following a diagnostic block, resecting the RSN often proved unsuccessful in fully relieving pain. The solution to successful treatment of this refractory pain problem was the realization that the RSN is not the sole source of sensory innervation to the dorsoradial wrist. In fact, in 75% of people the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve (LABCN) dermatome overlaps the RSN with other nerves, such as the dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve and even the posterior antebrachial cutaneous nerves, occasionally providing sensory innervation to the same area. With this more refined understanding of the cutaneous neuroanatomy of the wrist, the diagnostic nerve block algorithm was expanded to include selective blockage of more than just the RSN. In contemporary practice, identification of the exact nerves responsible for pain signal generation informs surgical decision-making for palliative neurolysis or neurectomy. This approach offers a systematic and repeatable method to inform the diagnosis and treatment of dorsoradial forearm and wrist pain. Copyright © 2022 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Nicholas A Calotta, A Lee Dellon. Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Dorsoradial Hand and Forearm Pain. The Journal of hand surgery. 2022 Feb;47(2):172-179

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