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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 long thoracic nerve is anastomosed to the larger segment of the facial nerve.
Twenty-seven patients (84%) had asymmetric weakness consistent with a poliomyelitislike syndrome, 4 (13%) had symmetric ascending weakness with sensory abnormalities consistent with the acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy form of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and 1 had scapular winging and shoulder abduction weakness consistent with a long thoracic nerve paralysis.