ULNAR NERVE CONTRIBUTION IN THE INNERVATION OF THE TRICEPS BRACHII MUSCLE ULNAR NERVE TO THE TRICEPS BRACHII.

Silva D, Barros M, Freire T, Firmino Júnior L, Almeida Filho W, Correia Cadeira J, Silva NO

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Diêgo Lucas Ramos e Silva Rua Prof. Virgilio Guedes, 1391 Ponta Grossa, 57014-220 Maceió, AL. Email: dyko.io@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT
The ulnar nerve is considered the thickest terminal branch of the medial cord in the brachial plexus and most authors does not mention the possibility of this nerve emitting branches to the arm. However, some studies reported that the ulnar nerve could supply the medial head of triceps brachii muscle. The main objective in this study was identifying the presence of ulnar nerve branches in triceps brachii muscle. Sixty upper limbs of adult Brazilian corpses of both sexes were used. The estimated age was between 25 and 80 years old. Every studied piece had the nerves and their branches quantified and measured with a manual mechanic caliper. The branches were photographed and had the data registered in individual files. Were found ulnar nerve branches for all the heads of triceps brachii muscle: 1 branch (9,1%) to lateral head, 2 branches (18,1%) to long head and 8 branches (72,7%) to medial head. Thus, we can conclude that the contribution of ulnar nerve to triceps brachii muscle constitutes an important anatomical variation.
Key words: Ulnar nerve; Triceps brachii muscle; Innervation.
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