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Accessory nerve palsies
  1. Adrian J Wills,
  2. Guy V Sawle
  1. Consultant Neurologists, Department of Neurology, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr A J Wills, Department of Neurology, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK; adrian.wills{at}


Accessory nerve palsies may cause considerable functional disability and they unfortunately continue to occur as a complication of surgery in and, around the posterior triangle of the neck. Here the causes of accessory nerve palsies are reviewed and the symptoms and signs arising as a consequence are summarised. In addition, the various treatments and their indications are highlighted and discussed.

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