Dr. Preeti is an eminent neurologist. She has a further sub-specialization in stroke and other vascular disorders. She graduated from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and completed her post-graduation from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chandigarh. Furthermore, she has completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease from the University of Texas, USA. Dr. Sahota has was also involved in teaching postgraduate medical students and neurology residents; and nurses and the general public on various neurological disorders. In addition to this, she is trained in Six Sigma in healthcare and has been involved in multiple quality improvement initiatives including six sigma ‘green belt’ projects in the hospitals she has worked at previously.
Dr. Sahota has published multiple national and international research papers and book chapters. Recently, she was involved in developing FAST, which is a mass campaign in India to educate Hindi speaking people regarding the recognition of acute signs of a stroke. She has concluded research and trials specifically in the field of epilepsy and stroke. Her areas of expertise include diagnosis and management of stroke and other vascular disorders (including intravenous thrombolysis), Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating CNS disorders, Adult Epilepsy, Headaches and other craniofacial pains, Movement Disorders, Nerve and muscle disorders, Spine diseases, Electrodiagnostic tests like EEG, NCS, EMG, VEP, BAER, SSEP and Botox therapy.
Brachial plexus injury is a medical emergency caused due to an injury to the brachial plexus group of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm, and hand. These nerves control and administer feelings in the muscles of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and arm. This damage is also known as brachial plexopathy. Brachial plexus injury appears when these nerves are compressed, stretched, or in the most serious case, ripped apart from the spinal cord. Some brachial plexus injuries known as stingers or burners are inconsequential and will completely recover in a few weeks. However, other brachial plexus injuries are severe enough and may cause some permanent impairment in the arm. In severe conditions, it can paralyze your arm, with a failure of function and sensation.
Brachial plexus injury results when the brachial nerves are damaged by excessive stretching, pressure, or cutting. Stretching can occur when your shoulder is forced down while your neck stretches up and away from the injured shoulder such as during a motorcycle or a car accident. In case of a serious injury, the brachial nerve may rip off the spinal cord in the neck. This type of brachial plexus injury is classified as traumatic brachial plexus injuries. It may occur because of different reasons, including:
Brachial plexopathy may also result from exposure to radiation at the time of stereotactic radiosurgery or specific procedures such as stereotactic breast biopsy.
Symptoms of the brachial plexus injury depend on the seriousness of the injury. A minor injury can often occur during any contact sport and minor trauma when the brachial plexus nerves get stretched or compressed. Minor brachial plexus injury symptoms include the following:
More serious brachial plexus injury symptoms result when nerves are torn or ruptured. Such injuries may produce the following symptoms:
In case of childbirth brachial plexus injury, symptoms can be seen right after the birth of the child. These may include:
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