ICD-10 Diagnosis Code S14.3

Injury of brachial plexus

Diagnosis Code S14.3

ICD-10: S14.3
Short Description: Injury of brachial plexus
Long Description: Injury of brachial plexus
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code S14.3

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
    • Injuries to the neck (S10-S19)
      • Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level (S14)

Information for Patients

Brachial Plexus Injuries

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Brachial plexus injuries are caused by damage to those nerves.

Symptoms may include

  • A limp or paralyzed arm
  • Lack of muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist
  • Lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand

Brachial plexus injuries can occur as a result of shoulder trauma, tumors, or inflammation. Sometimes they happen during childbirth when a baby's shoulders become stuck during delivery and the nerves stretch or tear.

Some brachial plexus injuries may heal without treatment. Many children who are injured during birth improve or recover by 3 to 4 months of age. Treatment includes physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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