Supraclavicularis proprius muscle associated with supraclavicular nerve entrapment

A. Raikos*, Thomas English, A. Agnihotri, Omar Khalid Yousif, M. Sandhu, J. Bennetto, A. Stirling

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Entrapment neuropathy of the supraclavicular nerve is rare and, when it occurs, is usually attributable to branching of the nerve into narrow bony clavicular canals. We describe another mechanism for entrapment of this nerve with the aberrant muscle; supraclavicularis being found during the routine dissection of an embalmed 82-year-old cadaver. Our report details a unique location for this rare muscular variation whereby the muscle fibres originated posteriorly on the medial aspect of the clavicle before forming a muscular arch over the supraclavicular nerve and passing laterally towards the trapezius and acromion. We recommend that in clinical instances of otherwise unexplained unilateral clavicular pain or tenderness, nerve compression from the supraclavicularis muscle must be borne in mind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-530
Number of pages4
JournalFolia Morphologica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2014


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