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The DSN has a known anatomical and functional link to the long thoracic nerve (8,9,21) so EMS of the serratus anterior may be beneficial to DSN neuropathy although this has not previously been shown in the literature (12).
This abnormality, contrary to long thoracic nerve neuropathy, becomes more obvious when the arm is moved backwards, flexion at the elbow, and is less obvious when the elbow is positioned straight ahead.
The thoracodorsal artery and vein are preserved in the vascular pedicle, and the long thoracic nerve is protected for the facial neurorrhaphy.