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How to Draw the Brachial Plexus

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Educational Purpose
This brief, animated PowerPoint presentation guides anatomy students through the process of making a simple drawing of the brachial plexus. This mnemonic drawing can help students learn the basic parts of the brachial plexus and serve as a first step in understanding this clinically important nerve network.

Begin with a letter Y, an I and a Y.

Add a strike and a spare (bowling scorekeeping symbols)

Draw arches.

Draw horizontal lines to separate the parts.


Roots

Trunks Divisions

Cords

Branches

Begin labeling.
C5 Roots Upper Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Cords

la re t aL

Branches

o ir e t so P r

la i de M

SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

Add details . . . Branches off the posterior cord spell ULTRA


C5 Roots Upper Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Cords

la re t aL

Branches

o ir e t so P r

la i de M

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

SLOW SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

3M comes off the medial cord.


C5 Roots Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Upper

Cords

Branches

o ir e t so P r

la i de M

la re t aL

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

SLOW SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

The lateral pectoral n. comes off the lateral cord.


C5 Roots Upper Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Cords

Lateral pectoral n.

la re t aL

Branches

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

o ir e t so P r

Radial

la i de M

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

Ulnar

There are 4 supraclavicular branches.


C5 Roots
Dorsal Scapular n. Long Thoracic n. N. to subclavius Suprascapular n.

C6

C7

C8

T1

Trunks Divisions

Upper

Middle

Lower

Cords

Lateral pectoral n.

Branches

o ir e t so P r

la i de M

la re t aL

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

Thats it!
C5 Roots
Dorsal Scapular n.

The Brachial Plexus


C6 C7 C8 T1
Long Thoracic n. N. to subclavius Suprascapular n.

Trunks Divisions

Upper

Middle

Lower

Cords

Lateral pectoral n.

Branches

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

o ir e t so P r

Radial

la i de M

la re t aL

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

Ulnar

The End