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Suprascapular Nerve

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Suprascapular nerve and its branches of the left shoulder[1]

Anatomic Course

  • Originates from upper trunk of Brachial Plexus[2]
    • Contributions from 5th, 6th cervical nerve roots
    • Sometimes contribution from 4th
  • Courses posteriorly through the cervical triangle and clavicle
  • Across the superior border of the scapula and into the Suprascapular Notch
    • Maintained in position of notch by transverse scapular ligament
  • From there, it moves down to the Spinoglenoid Notch
    • Maintained in position by the spinoglenoid ligament


Clinical Significance

See Also


  1. Chan, Chin-wern, and Philip WH Peng. "Suprascapular nerve block: a narrative review." Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine 36.4 (2011): 358-373.
  2. Moen, Todd C., et al. "Suprascapular neuropathy: what does the literature show?." Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery 21.6 (2012): 835-846.
  3. Ozkan K, Ozcekic AN, Sarar S, et al. Suprascapular nerve block for the treatment of frozen shoulder. Saudi J Anaesth 2012; 6: 52–55.
  4. Ajmani ML. The cutaneous branch of the human suprascapular nerve. J Anat. 1994;185:439Y442.
Created by:
John Kiel on 19 March 2020 14:09:33
Last edited:
14 August 2022 16:01:14