Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis
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Extensor carpi radialis brevis is a short muscle situated underneath the extensor carpi radialis longus with both muscles sharing a common tendinous synovial sheath. It is an extensor muscle located at superficially at the posterior compartment of the forearm.
The main blood supply to ECRB is from the radial artery. Other augmentation are from the radial collateral branch off of profunda brachii and the radial recurrent artery.
Lateral epicondylitis presents as pain on the lateral aspect of the elbow with or without loss of grip strength that is aggravated with activity and it will most likely have extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle affectation.
In cases of radial nerve compromise proximal to its division to deep and superficial branches at the cubital fossa, then some functional loss of wrist and digits extension will present.
AssessmentWith the hand in pronation, the ECRB muscle can be palpated during extension and abduction of the wrist against resistance.
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