Cervical spinal nerve 6

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Cervical spinal nerve
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The plan of the cervical and brachial plexuses.
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The spinal cord with spinal nerves.
Latin Nervi spinalis
Anatomical terminology

The cervical spinal nerve 6 (C6) is a spinal nerve of the cervical segment.[1]

It originates from the spinal column from above the cervical vertebra 6 (C6).

The C6 nerve root shares a common branch from C5, and has a role in innervating many muscles of the rotator cuff and distal arm,[2] including:

Damage to the C6 motor neuron, by way of impingement, ischemia, trauma, or degeneration of nerve tissue, can cause denervation of one or more of the associated muscles. Muscle atrophy and other secondary complications can occur.

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