MY INTEREST in the suprascapular nerve stems from the year 1946, when I encountered in rapid succession three cases of causalgia with phantom limb and spasms in arm stumps, attaining permanent relief in all by alcohol block of the suprascapular nerve.1 One of these patients reported recently to show me the latest type of artificial limb he was using. He has had no recurrence of the painful phenomenon in the 8 years. However, finding the standard posterior approach too involved, I sought a more facile anterior approach, with the result shown in the Figure, in which the nerve is all but subcutaneous (subfascial). With the incentive offered by this handier approach, I have studied 50 cases of suprascapular neuritis through the 8-year period since the occurrence of this case. From these data (Tables) there emerges a definite syndrome.
SUPRASCAPULAR NERVE SYNDROME
The patients come into the office complaining of
SKILLERN PG. SUPRASCAPULAR NERVE SYNDROME AS REVEALED BY NEW (ANTERIOR) APPROACH IN INDUCTION OF BLOCK. AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;71(2):185-188. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02320380051006