Anatomical Structure of the Brachial Plexus in the Merlin (Falco columbarius).

Anatomia, histologia, embryologia

PubMedID: 23464686

Çevik-Demirkan A. Anatomical Structure of the Brachial Plexus in the Merlin (Falco columbarius). Anat Histol Embryol. 2013;.
This study aimed to document the detailed features of the morphological structure and the innervation areas of the brachial plexus in Merlin (Falco columbarius). The skin and muscles of five adult male Merlins were dissected under the stereo microscope. The Merlin had two plexus trunks. The accessory brachial plexus consisted of ventral rami C10 and C11. C11 was divided into two branches: the cranial and caudal. The brachial plexus was composed of a rather complex network involving the ventral rami of C11-C13, T1 and T2. In addition, a thin branch from the last two cervical sympathetic nerves participated in the plexus formation. C12, C13 and T1 had rather thick trunk. C12, C13 and T1 were also involved in the formation of the brachial plexus emerging after 1 cm from the foramen inter-vertebrale as three trunk roots.