Considering that these branches extend from the cervical plexus to the SAN and the motor branches extend to the middle and inferior parts of the trapezius muscle, it appears likely that damage to the cervical plexus causes shoulder pain.
The aim of our study was to evaluate the hypothesis that the preservation of cervical root branches of the cervical plexus is associated with greater shoulder mobility, less loss of sensation in the face and neck, and better QoL.
5) The great auricular nerve exits the cervical plexus along the posterior margin of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, and it extends anteriorly along the lateral aspect of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and the parotid gland superiorly, where it further divides into anterior and posterior branches.
Key Words: deep cervical plexus block, ultrasound imaging
Deep cervical plexus block is a well established regional anaesthetic for operations in the anterior triangle of the neck including awake carotid endarterectomy surgery, lymph node biopsy and plastics.