ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 953.4

Brachial plexus injury

Diagnosis Code 953.4

ICD-9: 953.4
Short Description: Brachial plexus injury
Long Description: Injury to brachial plexus
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 953.4

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning
    • Injury to nerves and spinal cord (950-957)
      • 953 Injury to nerve roots and spinal plexus

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 953.4 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Crutch paralysis 953.4
    • Injury 959.9
      • brachial plexus 953.4
        • newborn 767.6
      • nerve 957.9
        • brachial plexus 953.4
        • plexus 957.9
          • spinal 953.9
            • brachial 953.4
      • spinal (cord) 952.9
        • plexus 953.9
          • brachial 953.4
    • Paralysis, paralytic (complete) (incomplete) 344.9
      • crutch 953.4

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

  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Brachial plexus injury in newborns

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