How to Draw the Brachial Plexus

by: Dr. Moammar Tingkahan Sacred Hospital MHAM College of Medicine

Directions
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Educational Purpose
This brief, animated PowerPoint presentation guides anatomy students through the process of making a simple drawing of the brachial plexus. This “mnemonic drawing” can help students learn the basic parts of the brachial plexus and serve as a first step in understanding this clinically important nerve network.

Begin with a letter “Y”, an “I” and a “Y”.

Add a “strike” and a “spare” (bowling scorekeeping symbols)

Draw “arches”.

Draw horizontal lines to separate the parts.
Roots

Trunks Divisions

Cords

Branches

Begin labeling.
C5 Roots Upper Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Cords

l a e aL r t

Branches

or e s o P i t r

l a de M i

SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

Add details . . . Branches off the posterior cord spell “ULTRA”
C5 Roots Upper Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Cords

l a e aL r t

Branches

or e s o P i t r

l a de M i

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

SLOW SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

“3M” comes off the medial cord.
C5 Roots Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Upper

Cords

Branches

or e s o P i t r

l a de M i

l a e aL r t

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

SLOW SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

The lateral pectoral n. comes off the lateral cord.
C5 Roots Upper Middle Lower C6 C7 C8 T1

Trunks Divisions

Cords

Lateral pectoral n.

l a e aL r t

Branches

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

or e s o P i t r

Radial

l a de M i

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

Ulnar

There are 4 supraclavicular branches.
C5 Roots
Dorsal Scapular n. Long Thoracic n. N. to subclavius Suprascapular n.

C6

C7

C8

T1

Trunks Divisions

Upper

Middle

Lower

Cords

Lateral pectoral n.

Branches

l a de M i

l a e aL r t

or e s o P i t r

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

SLOW

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

Ulnar

That’s it!
C5 Roots
Dorsal Scapular n.

The Brachial Plexus
C6 C7 C8 T1
Long Thoracic n. N. to subclavius Suprascapular n.

Trunks Divisions

Upper

Middle

Lower

Cords

Lateral pectoral n.

Branches

Musculocutaneous

Axillary

Median

Radial

l a de M i

l a e aL r t

or e s o P i t r

Upper subscapular Lower subscapular Thoracodorsal

Medial pectoral n. Medial cutan. n. of arm Medial cutan. n. forearm

Ulnar

The End