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Deltopectoral approach

Anatomy

Anatomy

The course of the following neurovascular structures should be kept in mind:

  • Cephalic vein
  • Anterior circumflex humeral artery
  • Ascending arcuate branch of the anterior circumflex humeral artery
  • Posterior circumflex humeral artery
  • Musculocutaneus nerve
  • Axillary nerve
  • Suprascapular nerve and artery

Further neurovascular structures, eg, the brachial plexus, are only at risk if there is an excessive retraction.