Neoplastic Brachial Plexopathy Follow-up

Updated: Jan 04, 2016
  • Author: Mark A Wren, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Robert H Meier, III, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Routine follow-up care is necessary for monitoring the patient's condition and titrating medications.
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Further Inpatient Care

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  • Further inpatient care is needed if more invasive procedures are performed or if medical complications need to be monitored during radiation or chemotherapy.
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Complications

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  • Potential complications of NBP include rapid progression of symptoms with disabling pain, edema, muscle contractures, or bony deformities. Most patients with secondary neoplasms succumb to metastatic involvement of vital organs within a few years.
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Prognosis

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  • Most patients with benign primary neoplasms have a good prognosis, while patients with malignant primary neoplasms have a less favorable prognosis, regardless of therapy performed. For secondary neoplasms, most patients succumb to death within a few years from metastases to vital organs. On the other hand, preservation of some function and provision of adequate analgesia may be realistic goals for many patients.
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Patient Education

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  • See the Rehabilitation Program section above.
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